Strawberry facts Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC. In medieval times they were regarded as an aphrodisiac and a soup made of strawberries, borage and soured cream was traditionally served to newly-weds at their wedding breakfast.
In the 16th Century strawberries were sold in cone-shaped straw baskets thus becoming one of the earliest packaged foods. Dr. William Butler originated the famous quotation ‘Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did’.
Growing The British season can begin anywhere from the end of April to mid-May, and usually continues until the weather cools in October. The most well-known strawberry varieties are Elsanta and Sonata, which have excellent flavour, shelf-life and quality. Other varieties include Sweet Eve, Driscoll's Jubilee, Ava and Red Glory.
In the British winter, imported strawberries come from Spain, Morocco, Egypt and Israel.