Yes, it’s a popular season to visit Sarasota, but it’s also STRAWBERRY season in Florida. In fact, we are approaching the conclusion of strawberry picking season in Sarasota, so you better plan to enjoy over the next few weekends!
Locally, there are several opportunities for residents to enjoy – and even pick! – this sweet treat.
- If you’ve ever enjoyed the annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival, then you’ll love Fruitville Grove’s Berry Fest this spring. (March 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 2017) Click here for Berry Fest details.
- Bring the entire family to pick your own strawberries at Honeyside Farms. Click here for Honeyside Farms details.
- Not ready to get too dirty? There’s even a local option to pick strawberries at a hydroponic farm! We invite you to check out Sweetgrass Farms.
Here are a few “fun facts” about strawberries from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association:
Did you know…?
- There are approximately 8,000 acres of strawberries grown in Florida, the second largest producing region in the U.S.
- Plant City, Florida is recognized worldwide as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World and is the dominate region in the U.S. that produces strawberries in the winter. (Plant City is located 72 miles from Sarasota.)
- Eating eight strawberries a day has been shown to lower blood pressure and to improve memory and heart health. Not only that, eating strawberries on a regular basis may lower the risk of some cancers and help reduce obesity.
- Strawberries provide essential nutrients and minerals including fiber, potassium, vitamin C and powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins, quercetin and ellagic acid.
- The levels of ellagic acid found in strawberries are five to six times higher than in most other fruits and vegetables. In lab and animal studies, ellagic acid seems to have some anti-cancer properties.
- Wash. Bite. How easy is that? When you’re on the go, take strawberries with you in a plastic container or sandwich bag. You don’t even need to keep them cool. Strawberries taste best at room temperature.
- Strawberries must be picked at full ripeness. They cannot ripen once picked.
- Strawberry Shortcake originated with the American Colonists. It’s still a favorite today.
- Strawberries are the favorite fruit of Americans — both children and adults.
- Strawberries are the only fruit that have seeds on the outside — about 200 of them.
- Each seed has the potential to become a new variety. Strawberry seeds are all those little bumpy spots on the surface of the berry.
- Strawberry is the second most popular natural flavor. Chocolate is number one. Chocolate-dipped strawberries anyone?
- A dash of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice or orange juice will bring out the flavor of strawberries.