Fragaria ananassa or the typical strawberry enjoyed by many today is a fairly recent creation. It is a natural hybrid that occurred in a garden in 18th century France. It came about when two wild species of strawberries transplanted in the area cross bred. One originated from Chile and the other from North America.
Before this hybrid was cultivated in earnest, strawberries were either harvested from the wild or selected wild species were transplanted into gardens. Now millions of metric tons of the fruit are produced and the US is the leading producer.
In an evaluation of the most common types of food regularly consumed in the US, strawberries came out highly ranked as a source of antioxidants. It is considered 4th among fruits exceeded only by three kinds of berries: blackberries, cranberries and raspberries.
Unfortunately there are few people that may not be able to take advantage of strawberry’s exceptional nutrition because they are allergic to the fruit. Read further and know more about the pros and cons of strawberries. Continue reading