Fun facts about strawberries can get kids interested in this healthy fruit and even help out their school reports.
- The ancient Romans thought strawberries could cure bad breath and chronic fainting.
- Where many fruits have only one seed on the inside, strawberries have 200 seeds on the outside. Strawberries are the only fruits to have their seeds on the outside.
- Madame Tallien, a member of Emperor Napoleon’s court, bathed in the juice of fresh strawberries, squashing 22 pounds into the bathtub each time. Like most citizens in the 1700s, she did not bathe daily or even weekly. That strawberry bath may have taken place once a year.
- There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.
- Strawberries make muscles work better.
- Strawberries make the brain work better.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- Giant strawberries can be as large as apples, measuring 8-10 centimeters in length.
- Strawberries have more Vitamin C per serving than an orange.
- Each American eats 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen.
- Split a double strawberry in half, share it with the opposite sex, and you’ll find love (at least according to legend).
- Strawberries at room temperature are sweeter than cold strawberries.
- 53% of seven to nine-year-olds claim strawberries are their favorite fruit.
Parents can get behind this berry 100%. One cup (and even 8 chocolate dipped strawberries) can deliver 160% of suggested daily Vitamin C intake, 2 grams or 10% of daily fiber and phytonutrients that combat free cancer-causing free radicals.
And don’t be too worried about that chocolate coating. An August 2011 study form the University of Cambridge and published in the British Medical Journal revealed that “the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke.” Parents can even buy strawberries online when winter rolls around and the grocery store versions look a little worn.