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July is the month of Wimbledon ......and strawberries....

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the French court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 7 kgs per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily.
  • The  Romans believed that strawberries helped symptoms of fainting, all fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen. 
  • In parts of Bavaria, people still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, who are fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and lots of milk in return.