signal the advent of spring in South Carolina. They’re the first fruit to
ripen. No other small fruit produces berries as soon after planting as
The strawberry is a fruit and a member
of the rose family.
The per capita consumption of
strawberries is about 5 pounds/year.
One cup of strawberries (about 8
medium-sized berries) yields 150% of the daily value of vitamin C.
provide a host of benefits including proper functioning of certain hormones. They have anti-carcinogenic properties and are high in the antioxidant compound,
ellagic acid. Strawberry consumption has been shown to delay cognitive
impairments (memory loss) by up to 2.5 years. Strawberries
are an excellent source of manganese which is essential for healthy bones.
The U.S. is the world’s largest
strawberry producer and supplier.
Weather greatly influences yields
– extreme temperatures, drought and excessive rain increase diseases and can
interfere with pollination, fruit set, and harvest.