National Pick Strawberries Day: Hurray for the strawberry harvest. On May 20 , the US celebrate as their National Pick Strawberries Day. Good Appetite. This article explains what this other strawberry holiday is all about and why it deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world . So why should we pick strawberries today?
Who started the National Pick Strawberries Day?
Although the strawberry is also very popular in the USA, it is unfortunately also true in the case of National Pick Strawberries Day that its origins are rather obscure. So it seems to be completely unclear who started it and since when exactly it has been celebrated in the United States.
Accordingly, there is no justification for choosing today’s May 20th as the date. Whether here that committed also today World Bee Day, which was invented in Germany Fremdworttag or the US Day of Weights and Measures Day have played a role, I could not while researching find out. But that is a well-known phenomenon with many curious holidays from the land of unlimited possibility.
Gardening Knowledge: Five Strawberry Facts You Should Know
What is so going on with the strawberry was already significantly under Article on the day of strawberry (Engl. National Strawberry Day) declared on 27 February, but I want to take this opportunity to reiterate the main points briefly sum up:
- Strawberries belong to the rose family (Latin: Rosaceae ) and were first grown as a cultivated plant in France in the 18th century.
- Strawberries play a special role in botany in that they are the only fruits that have their seeds on the outside.
- The red berries are considered to be particularly healthy. And with good reason, because they have a high vitamin C content.
- In addition, they contain hardly any fat or calories and are high in fiber, folic acid and potassium.
- Because of these ingredients, strawberries are an effective means of lowering cholesterol and protecting against vascular diseases.
When can you pick strawberries?
Even if the fruit and frozen food departments of supermarkets around the world suggest that strawberries are available all year round, one should always keep in mind that the red berries – like most fruits – are a seasonal food (see also the Calendar of Holidays for Fruits and Fruits ). So when can you start picking strawberries?
Depending on the weather in spring, sometimes as early as the end of May, but usually more from June and July. At least in our latitudes. In the USA, from which today’s National Pick Strawberries Day comes, the strawberry harvest will start in some regions as early as the end of April. There are also varieties that also bear fruit in autumn, but I can’t say much about that.
Beyond that there is nothing – and I am really not saying anything here with a tone of conviction – about strawberries that you have grown and picked yourself. For years I was the proud owner of a small roof terrace, on which I also grew strawberries. And what a divine start to the day it is to sit next to your plants with a fresh cup of coffee and pick fresh strawberries for breakfast. It couldn’t be better. 🙂