67th Annual Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Trivia Fun Facts

• Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

• The average strawberry has 200 seeds

• Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium

• Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day fruit & vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer & heart attacks

• Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per capita

• Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring

• There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries

• Strawberries are a member of the rose family

• In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

• Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love

Getting down to Earth with Strawberries:

• Birds are responsible for distributing strawberry seeds everywhere.

• Strawberries are indigenous to every continent except New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.

• Not every single flower will produce a strawberry.

• A strawberry will not ripen once it is picked.

• Strawberries do not grow from seeds. Instead, they reproduce with long shoots of new growth.

• California produces over one billion berries annually. Laying them side-by-side would allow them to circle the earth several times.