February 27th is National Strawberry Day

February 27th is National Strawberry Day

Paul May 30, 2019

Strawberry Fun Facts

Some of the earliest accounts of strawberries came from ancient Rome circa 200 BC. The first sketch of a strawberry plant was printed in 1484.

Early publications spoke of medicinal uses for strawberries, not as edible fruit. In the 12th Century Saint Hildegard von Binger pronounced strawberries unfit to eat because they may have been contaminated by snakes and toads due to the fact that they were grown so close to the ground.

In the mid-18th century, Charles Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist, put this superstition to rest by switching to a diet consisting only of strawberries to prove them edible.

  • The strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria in the rose family, along with apples and plums. The name of the scientific classification was derived from the Old Latin word for fragrant.  The modern Italian word for strawberry is still “Fragola”.
  • February 27th is National Strawberry Day.
  • May 21st is National Strawberries and Cream Day.
  • June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day.
  • September 28th is National Strawberry cream Pie Day.
  • The strawberry is not classified by botanists as a true berry. True berries, such as blueberries and cranberries have seeds inside. The strawberry, however has its dry, yellow “seeds” on the outside (each of which is actually considered a separate fruit).
  • Native American Indians called strawberries “heart-seed berries” and pounded them into their traditional corn-meal bread.
  • In fourteenth-century France, Charles V ordered twelve hundred strawberry plants to be grown in the Royal Gardens of the Louvre.
  • On the average, there are 200 tiny seeds in every strawberry.
  • If all the strawberries produced in California this year were laid berry to berry, they’d wrap around the world 15 times. That’s enough strawberries to provide every U.S. household with 12 pint baskets.
  • Strawberry juice combined with honey will reduce inflammation or sunburn. Rub the mixture thoroughly into the skin before rinsing off with warm water and lemon juice.
  • The largest producing state, California harvests 83% of the strawberries grown in the U.S. on approximately 24,500 acres. And with about 5,000 commercial acres, Florida is the second largest producing state. Ideal temperature for strawberry plants should not exceed higher than 78 degrees or lower than 55 degrees.
  • Every strawberry plant is hand-picked approximately every three days. This is the time in which it takes for strawberries to complete their cycle of turning from green to white to red. There is no storage of fresh strawberries. After picking, they are rushed to coolers where huge fans extract the field heat. Then they are delivered to supermarkets across the country via refrigerated trucks.

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Recipe

Strawberry Santas

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Ingredients-

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Vanilla frosting (in a can or homemade)
  • Black icing gel

Supplies-

  • Knife
  • Paper Towel
  • Frosting piping with small round tip or a bag or ziplock bag with the bottom corner cut off

Directions

  1. Rinse the strawberries and cut off the leaves (discard)
  2. Cut the pointed end off of each strawberry. Place the newly cut edge down on a clean napkin. The napkin will absorb the fresh strawberry juice, which is what you want.
  3. The “body” of Santa needs to be quickly dabbed on a fresh paper towel as well. The extra juice will cause the frosting to slide. By letting the paper towel absorb the fresh strawberry juice, the frosting will stay in place better.
  4. Put vanilla frosting in a piping bag (or in a zip lock bag and cut the corner off).
  5. Gently swirl some vanilla frosting on the top of the body.
  6. Place the “Santa hat” (or the strawberry tip) on top of the frosting.
  7. Add a dab of frosting on top of his hat.
  8. Next carefully add two eyes with black icing.

Aren’t they so ADORABLE?!

If you want to take them to a party, quickly assemble them once you arrive. Again, the juice of the strawberries might cause the frosting to slide off. But, as long as the juice is dabbed off with a paper towel just before assembling the Santas (and just before eating them), then you are good to go!

The sweet and creamy vanilla frosting is a dreamy combination with the strawberries. Sometimes the simplest things taste so wonderful together. What I love most is that these are so easy to make during the busiest time of the year.

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