Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

“Fresh2U” Nutrition Program for Kids and Parents


The strawberry was born in North and South America, traveled to Europe, and finally returned in a very different form. In the United States, the commercial development of strawberries has occurred primarily since the Civil War, and most strawberry varieties now grown have originated within the last 55 years.

A cup of strawberries provides more than the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Strawberries are low in sodium. One cup of whole berries has only 55 calories, and is also a good source of dietary fiber.

Look for brightly colored, plump berries with a strong scent. Small berries are the tastiest. Rinse berries thoroughly. Remove the hull with a small, sharp knife.

Strawberries don’t ripen after they are picked. Five to seven days is usually the maximum for maintaining fresh strawberries at their quality peak. Do not wash berries before storing.

Florida strawberries are available from October through June.

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