Strawberry (Jordbær) // Season: Summer
Grandma Sita is in love with Danish STRAWBERRY (JORDBÆR in Danish) which are well known for their bright red color, chilhood memory evoking smell, juicy texture and sweeeeetness 😍 But why is it called STRAW-berry and is it even a berry? Let’s get to know this seasonal fruit from Denmark!
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The Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) is a fruit that originated in Europe in the 18th century. It is a hybrid of two wild strawberry species from North America and Chile.
Strawberries mainly consist of water (91%). They are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of manganese. Strawberries are also very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.
To this date, there are 103 distinct species and subspecies of strawberry plants.
The best time to plant a strawberry plant is in late summer or spring in full sun spot or slight shade in somewhat sandy soil. The addition of manure and an organic balanced fertilizer aids strong growth. Usually the plant’s being bedded in straw to protect the fruits from the cold and keep its berries clean – hence the name 😉
Don’t have a garden? You can also plant them in pots or special planters on your balcony.
- LOCAL PRODUCERS 💚
All across Denmark there are around 60 farms where you can choose and pick Strawberries yourself!!
To find your nearby strawberry farm, please click below:
Usually consumed raw and fresh, these berries can also be frozen or cooked to create a variety of jams, jellies, and desserts. In addition they can be dried and used in prepared foods, such as cereal bars. Strawberries and strawberry flavorings are a popular addition to dairy products, such as strawberry ice cream, strawberry milkshakes/smoothies and strawberry yogurts.
PRO TIP: DON’T RINSE CUT STRAWBERRIES UNDER WATER UNTIL YOU’RE READY TO EAT THEM—IT SPEEDS UP SPOILING.
- DANISH TRADITIONAL RECIPES:
- FUN FACT
There are about 200 seeds on an average strawberry (little yellow dots on the fruit). Each “seed” (achene) is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it!