1 They are a member of the rose family. (Much nicer though. Discuss.)
2 Apart from humans, keen munchers of this fruit include aphids, thrips, weevils, beetles,
birds and moths as well our beloved national slimeball, the sl*g.
3 They're rich in vitamin C.
4 100g of this fruit contains only about 30 calories.
5 The 17th century English writer Dr William Butler wrote about the strawberry:
"Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless He never did."
6 This is the only fruit to bear its seeds on the outside - on average about 200 of them.
7 Belgium has a museum dedicated solely to the strawberry. It's in Wepion, on the banks
of the river Meuse, and is apparently rather small.
8 The flowers are considered hermaphrodite; the fruit is commercially propagated from
9 Medieval stonemasons carved strawberries around the tops of pillars and on altars in
churches and cathedrals, since they were said to symbolise perfection and
10 For a similar reason, in Shakespeare's Othello, Desdemona's handkerchief is
decorated with strawberries.
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Some of these facts are courtesy of The University of Illinois.