National Strawberry Day
National Strawberry Day:
Celebrated on 27th February, every year. This day is to enjoy with our ever favorite “strawberry”
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Why National Strawberry Day?
Hi, Yes! The time has come! It’s the Valentine month! Besides Lover’s day, a day of this month is dedicated to appreciate the heart-structured strawberry as well. Strawberry becomes a daily food and somehow we highly rely on this awesome fruit, from strawberry jam to smoothies, ice creams, milk shakes, cakes, it enriches the taste with its unique flavor. Moreover, it also widely used in cosmetics industry, from lip-gloss to blushes to make ourselves look impeccable. On this day, let us applaud strawberry’s shape, its color, aroma and fragrance. Happy Strawberry Day.
How we can Celebrate National Strawberry Day:
Use this hashtag #StrawberryDay to discuss on social media. Provide any tips on how to preserve or select strawberries. Post any unknown facts about strawberry’s history, production, preservation method, recipes, etc.
I tried the below strawberry jam recipe, it turned out good. Therefore, I am sharing it.
Ingredients are only two, Strawberries and sugar.
Step 1: take a pan, pour two cups (medium sized cup or 200 ml) of water, and boil it.
Step 2: Take some 15 strawberries (rinsed) and add it in the boiling water.It would be better if you cut the strawberries vertically before adding, so that, the essence would be mixed with water easily. If you want, you can use a masher, but do not mash it fully.
Step 3: boil it for at least 10 minutes under high temperature. After that, use a mesh strainer and take out the strawberry residues gently.
Step 4: After the water becomes thickened (somewhat, like a melted ice cream structure) pour a cup of sugar (small sized cup or 75 grams) and gently swirl it. Leave for at least 20 minutes with occasional swirling in between. After it becomes thick and creamy, take it out, cool it for some times, and store it in a tight container and refrigerate. You can use it for 10 days.
Interesting Facts About National Strawberry Day:
Strawberry is also denoted as “Garden Strawberry”. Strawberry belongs to the genus named “Fragaria”. Variants of species comes under this genus and all are termed as strawberries only.
A species called “Woodland Strawberry” is the first species cultivated during the 17th century. Before that, wild strawberries were the common fruit.
Garden Strawberry is actually a crossbreed of Fragaria virginiana and Fragaria chiloensis and was first cultivated in France in around mid-18th century.
As per botanical conclusion, strawberry is not a berry. It belongs to accessory fruit category and surprisingly, seeds cover the outer part of the flesh, and each visible seed is an ovary of the flower.
As of 2016, China hold the number one position among the World’s strawberry production countries with over 9.2 million tonnes per year constituting around 40 percent of the global production.
As per documentation, it is believed that French discovered strawberries. They took the plants from the forest and cultivated in their gardens during the 14th century itself. The then king of France Charles V had more than 1000 plants in his garden. Initially, strawberry was used for medicinal purposes especially to treat illness.
The amalgamation of cream and strawberry was introduced by Thomas Wolsey, an English Bishop in the 16′ century.
A species called F.virginiana paved the way for the introduction of modern strawberries that we enjoy today.
Right from the year 1930, Florida Strawberry Festival is being organized as an annual event by the local club members at Plant City, Florida. This event is hosted to appreciate strawberry cultivators and to encourage harvesting strawberries. Moreover, a contest named “Make your own” is conducted to prepare strawberry flavored cakes and the best cake will be awarded. In addition, the best cultivator will be rewarded with the “person of the year” award. Surprisingly, a beauty competition will be held along with other events and the winner will be crowned as “Strawberry Queen”.
A Strawberry consist of around 200 seeds on its outer membrane.
To avoid vulnerability to erosion and weed growth, a system called Plasticulture is used in which the raised beds are covered by plastics. At the end of harvesting, the plastics are removed and the plants are plowed and sowed in the ground.
The prominent producers of Strawberry are China, United States, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey and Spain in which United States contributes around 15 percent.
Strawberry are a great source of vitamins and fibers. Every 100 gram comprises of around 90 grams of water, 8 grams of sugar, 5 grams of dietary fibers, 0.5 gram of protein and 5 micrograms of fluoride. Vitamins like Thiamine, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Niacin, pantothenic acid, Folate, Vitamin C, E, K and choline are abundant in strawberries. Besides, strawberries also possess a considerable amount of Minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and sodium.
Strawberry includes the higher proportion of flavonoids than any other fruit.
Furaneol, a component present in strawberries is highly responsible for the unique fragrance. Hence, Strawberry flavor is highly used in cosmetics production. Other components of strawberries that contributes fragrance are methyl acetate, bendaldehyde, alpha terpineol, etc.
A candy named “Fraise Tagada” which is in strawberry shape is very famous in France.
few of the Some identified varieties of strawberry are Albion, Alice, Benton, Amelia, Aroma, Atlas, Bolero, Cabot, Calypso, Camino real, Clansy, Delia etc.
History of National Strawberry Day:
The history and the origin of the National Strawberry Day is obscure. However, I request you people to explore more about the origin of the day. In case if you find any, please post in the comment section. Thanks.