As we approach the first of May with great anticipation for fresh strawberries, here are a few fun facts about the popular fruit.

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1. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

2. Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside.

3. Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family.

4. Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium.

5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

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6. Americans eat approximately 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year.

7. Ninety-four percent of U.S. households consume strawberries.

8. Strawberries, as part of a five-servings-a-day fruit and vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks.

9. Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.

10. California produces some 80% of the strawberries in the U.S.

Celebrate the fruit in May with sweet recipes:

Strawberry-Coconut Tres Leche Cake
Strawberry, Mozzarella and Walnut Salad
Strawberry Sheet Cake
Strawberry Chiffon Pie
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Summer Spinach Salad

McPeak Farms

Source: londonstrawberryfestival.com/facts

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