strawberry basketWhy do we call strawberries “strawberries”? Many researchers have worked on where the name came from, with no definitive answer. Top contenders are:

  • 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: