Strawberry Craze

When strawberries are in season, we go a little strawberry crazy!

Foods are a great way to learn about geography, cultures, history, literature, science, and math, naturally, especially if you become inspired to find out all you can about them, and do as much as possible with that food item!

For example, did you know that strawberries are not a berry? They are part of the rose family, and unlike fruits that are considered berries such as blueberries, cranberries, and bananas, their 200 'seeds', or achenes, are on the outside of the fruit! When we read about the health benefits of these delicious, red delights, we wanted to learn how to grow our own! Thankfully, we live in a area that allows us plenty of time to grow this vitamin C rich fruit. 

We found out that the leaves of the plant could be used medicinally, so we learned more about that too.

As one thing lead to another, we started to get into a bit of a strawberry craze, and before we knew it, we were doing all kinds of things with strawberries such as using our senses to get to know them better, testing them, and finding out where they grew in the United States and all over the world! Then we started using them in as many different ways as possible!

We made Strawberry Breakfast Sundaes (yum!), strawberry play dough, started growing our own plants and much, much more!

The more we learned, the more questions we had! For example:
  • Besides humans, who else eats strawberries?
  • How long have they been around and how do we know?
  • Who was the first to cultivate wild berries?
  • Why are strawberries red?
  • Who grows most of the strawberries in the U.S. and where are they grown around the world?
  • Is there a place or climate that strawberries do not grow well? Where?

If you would like to follow a little of our strawberry journey, we found the following activities, sites, and videos useful:

Activities that can be found on Fran's World of Discovery

A yummy and fun way to start the day or enjoy as an anytime treat.

Learn how to start your own strawberry plant from seeds and some of the interesting ways people grow them.

Find out how strawberries have been used over the centuries and make strawberry hull tea.

Learn about strawberries by using your senses. 

Strawberry DNA
Learn how to extract the DNA out of a strawberry.

Strawberry Craze Ebook
More strawberry related activities can be found in my ebook, 'Strawberry Craze'. This 91 page ebook is filled with 30 strawberry-related activities and 15 yummy kid-friendly recipes.

Useful Sites

Find out how to identify wild strawberries, what animals eat them and how some animals use the plant, fruit, and flower.

Find out how long strawberries go back in history, who used them, and how.

Find out who the largest strawberry producer is in the world and in the United States.

Where are Strawberries Grown? 
Find out where strawberries can grow and who the world producers are.

Strawberries for Strawberry Lovers
Find out what makes a strawberry red.

Strawberry activities for kids.

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