Strawberries are a member of the rose family and exude a fragrance that is as sweet as the taste. They are a true dessert eater's delight and something everyone should try at least once. The USA produces the most strawberries per year, accounting for around 20% of all the world's strawberries.
Ancient Romans once thought they had medicinal properties, believing them to be responsible for curing a wide variety of ailments including bad breath and blood diseases. They are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, fiber, folic acid, and potassium making them just as good for you as they taste!
It only takes about 8 strawberries to meet your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. Strawberries are not a true berry and instead are an aggregate fruit. They are covered with over 200 seeds per fruit. Each of these seeds is considered it's own fruit by botanical standards. Geography has a lot to do with when you plant strawberry plants. Northerners will want to plant in Spring so the plants are sure to take root by Winter.
The opposite is true for the South; you will want to plant strawberry plants in the fall to get your best crop. During Summer, be sure to trim back the foliage on your strawberry plants to reduce pests and diseases. Wait to rinse your strawberries until you are ready to eat them, as water hastens the spoiling process. Strawberries have the best flavor when eaten at room temperature, so let them sit when taking them out for the best effect. Avoid planting strawberries near tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, or eggplant as they have been known to cause harm to the actual strawberry plant. Strawberries thrive in full sun with a minimum of 6 hours of sun per day and in raised beds with a pH of 5.5-6.5.