Crossbreeding the best strawberry plants from North and South America with the best European species has lead to the big, juicy strawberries we know today. In fact, the strawberry is a floral receptacle that contains tiny strawberry seeds and botanically speaking, these are actually nuts!
Corona, Sonata, Senga Sengana, Florence and Polka are some of the 20 varieties of strawberries commonly found today.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system and increases the uptake of iron from other foods. Strawberries are also a source of folate, which reduces tiredness and exhaustion. They are also rich in fibre, which is good for the digestion.
Strawberries are primarily grown to make jam and juice. Strawberries are also just as popular for use in desserts.
Strawberries were used in popular medicine as a remedy against chilblains and are mentioned in older medical books as a means to relieve gallstone and kidney stone pains. Squeezed juice from strawberries was used together with salt in old wounds. And for everyone who truly loves strawberries: There is actually a genuine strawberry museum in Belgium that presents the history of the cultivation of strawberries in the local area.