Strawberry is a fruit of Fragaria, a lovely genus of plants tightly related to the rose family. The best known example of this kind is the Garden Strawbery, botanically known as fragaria ananassa, the most commonly grown among more than 20 cultivated species. This red and juicy, sweet-acidulous fruit has a distinctive smell of fruity-green and a bit even caramel, with sublime flowery and spicy nuances. The fruit forms from the soft white flowers with crown petals, from which the plentitude of strawberries develop.

All garden strawberries originate from the green fields and woods of wild nature. The first garden strawberries were cultivated in Brittany and France, starting from mid-18th century. Strawberries are relatively easy to grow. They do not require any kind of special conditions and they usually reproduce quickly and require just a little bit of free space in your garden. A special sort called fragaria vescana is even obtained by crossing garden strawberries with wild ones. Many different species of strawberries have different numbers of chromosomes. The species with the largest number of chromosomes bear the largest fruits. Some of these generous species are “The Pink Panda”, “Ruby Red” or Franor, and “Lipstick”.

When these luscious and juicy fruits appear on the market there is no doubt that Spring has finally taken root. Everyone looks forward to strawberries, not only because people enjoy in their sweetness, but also because they represent a beautiful introduction to summer.

Strawberries captivate our senses with their exciting, sweet and thrilling scent, offering plenty of vitamins, proteins and minerals, which are so important to our health. This lovely fruit is also beneficial for our nervous system, calming and strengthening the mind, while fighting sleeplessness and stress.