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May is National Strawberry Month!

If you love strawberries, then you’re in luck because May is National Strawberry Month! Strawberries are at the top of the list of America’s most loved fruits, and it’s no wonder when they’re so sweet and versatile! Whether eaten by themselves or in your favorite recipe, strawberries make a great addition to any meal!

To celebrate National Strawberry Month, you’ll find below some fun facts about strawberries! Then you’ll see a reading list of fiction and nonfiction titles featuring strawberries. And don’t forget the best way to celebrate is by enjoying some fresh strawberries!

Fun facts about strawberries:

  • Strawberries are the earliest fruit to ripen each spring, with a peak season in Ohio from late May through the end of June.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds on it!
  • Americans eat an average of 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries every year!
  • Strawberry plants actually belong to the rose plant family, and produce fragrant white blooms.
  • Strawberry festivals are celebrated in every state of the United States, as well as in many other countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, and Korea.
  • California produces 75% of the nation’s strawberry crops, producing 1 billion pounds per year! And, if all those strawberries were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times!
  • Florida is the second largest producer of strawberries, primarily supplying the demand during the winter months.

Health benefits of strawberries:

  • There are just 50 calories in one cup of fresh strawberries, and provide 160% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C!
  • Strawberries are also a good source of fiber and antioxidants for fighting off diseases!

Tips for keeping fresh strawberries:

  • Don’t rinse or cut berries until you’re ready to eat them; doing so will cause them to spoil faster.
  • For more great tips on strawberry storage, please refer to the storage guide provided by Shari’s Berries.

Strawberry Reading List

Fiction for Adults:

Strawberry Hill by Catherine Anderson

The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown

Lizzie Searches for Love Trilogy by Linda Byler (Contents include: Running Around (and Such), When Strawberries Bloom, and Big Decisions)

Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Audiobook & eBook available on Hoopla & OverDrive)

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris

Town in a Strawberry Swirl by B. B. Haywood

Strawberry Meringue Cupcake & Murder by Ann S. Marie (Audiobook available on Hoopla)

Strawberry Sin by Rosie A. Point (Audiobook available on Hoopla)

Strawberry Wine by Darly Jamison (eBook available on Hoopla)

Non-fiction for Adults:

Sugar Snaps & Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden by Andrea Bellamy

Strawberry Fair: Quilts with a Country Flair by Elizabeth Hamby Carlson

Homegrown Berries: Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and More

Growing Berries in Your Garden – How to Grow Organic Strawberries: Growing and Preserving by Martha McDowell (Audiobook available on Hoopla)

Strawberry Fields: Central Park’s Memorial to John Lennon by Sara Cedar Miller

Cooking With Strawberries, 30 Days of Cool Recipes by Rodney Cannon

Sources

https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a35552/facts-about-strawberries/

https://www.pickyourown.org/strawberryfestivals.php

http://www.pickyourown.org/OHharvestcalendar.htm

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/strawberries/facts.cfm

Kelly M.

Kelly is an Adult Librarian in the Canfield Unit at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Kelly loves all things bookish, from playing word games to dabbling with creative writing. And, of course, reading as many books as possible from all genres, though she especially enjoys romance and YA novels. Kelly also likes crafting, baking, listening to country music, and spending time with her family.