Whether you make the fruit into jam to spread on your breakfast toast, slice the berries to top your springtime salad, sprinkle it with sugar and spoon it onto shortcake or biscuits, or freeze it in homemade ice cream or sorbet, fresh strawberries are coming into season here in Iowa, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate their return to the farmer’s market (and our kitchen tables)!
There are more than 10 species of strawberry (official botanical genus name: Fragaria) that differ in flavor, size and texture, yet they all have the same characteristic heart shape, red insides and seeded outside together with small, leafy green hulls and stems on top.
And that intoxicating smell! Whichever species of strawberry you happen to find (at the berry patch, down at your neighborhood market, or in your own garden or kitchen), the sweet fragrance and taste of this favorite berry is out of this world.
Read on to learn some interesting facts about strawberries, and discover some of its lesser-known health and nutrition benefits: