- The fruits were packed in straw to prevent bruising.
- The plants are covered with straw all winter.
- The fruits rest, free of soil and dirt, on the straw at harvest time.
- Street vendors used to string the fruits onto a stem of straw to sell at market.
- (from the U.S. Department of Agriculture) Because of the way the fruits ‘strew’ themselves around the mother plant.
There you have it: They could have been called “strewberries” all along.
Adapted from a 2010 blog post by Simon J. Athearn. More strawberry news and recipes from the farm:
- Strawberries: A Trickle Now, A Flood Soon
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Spring Kale Salad with Strawberries and Mermaid Farm Feta
- Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Fresh Fruit Sauce