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strawberryStrawberries are technically not a fruit. They are what’s called an accessory fruit because the fruit isn’t grown on the ovaries of the strawberry plant, but the receptacle that holds the ovaries.

Whatever, they are sweet, red, and juicy deliciousness. Plus, they are the most popular berry in the world. There are more than 600 varieties of strawberries. The wild varieties are smaller with a taste that’s intense.

In Georgia, you’ll want to plant strawberries transplants in October and November. Local strawberries are harvested in April, May, and June.

Nutritional facts

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, and like carrots, can help prevent macular degeneration, the main cause of vision lost.  They are also a good source of folate and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, and  Manganese.

They contain phytonutrients that serve as potent antioxidants that have been shown to protect cells and fight cancer and inflammation. Studies have also shown that they protect against Rheumatoid arthritis.

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Planting

Strawberry plants are durable, easy to grow, and under the right conditions will provide fruit for years. One plant should produce one quart of strawberries each year. They need a rich soil, so be sure to amend your earth with organic compost or peat. And keep the bed weed free.

Row should  be three to four feet apart and plants should be one foot to two feet apart. Plants should be set with the crown at the soil surface. The crown is the fleshy part where the leaves come out. Pack the soil around the words a bit, and water thoroughly.

If left alone the plants will send out shoots and start growing other plants.  When the strawberries are a rich red color and firm, pick ‘em.