Strawberries are members of the rose family. The berries are red, juicy, and conical shaped. Strawberries are heavy fruit for their size and there stems are very long coming off the bush. They are called strawberries because originally straw was put around and under the plant to prevent the berry from sitting directly on the soil- which would cause it to spoil rapidly. Strawberries are the only fruit that bear their seeds on the outside- almost 200 of them per fruit.
Strawberries were first cultivated in the 13th century by the Romans. The Massachusetts Indians introduced the 17th century settlers to the North American wild strawberry at Plymouth Colony. Strawberries prefer to be grown in temperate zones. The Massachusetts Indians introduced the 17th century settlers to the North American wild strawberry at Plymouth Colony. The American Colonist invented the dessert of Strawberry Shortcake. The most common variety is a wild Virginia strawberry, crossed with a Chilean variety. In Florida- we grow hybrid varieties- the most common ones being Oso Grand, Sweet Charlie, and Rosa Linda, and a few more.
In Florida, the largest production area for strawberries is located near Plant City, Florida, the central West coas