The strawberry – The good taste triumphs
An exciting journey through time: The history of the strawberry
The docile man has deciphered the mystery of many plant species in the course of natural history. Hardly any variety was safe from the inquisitiveness of mankind.
According to archaeological findings, the strawberry plant, steeped in history, was already a delicacy for early Stone Age people. Early humans were probably hunter-gatherers and always well informed about food finds. With a little imagination, we can imagine the female members of a prehistoric horde gathering plant food. Presumably, the tasty wild strawberry was on the menu as a wild fruit.
Strawberries – they can be effortlessly cultivated even in the smallest garden!
Even ancient Roman writing reports about the popular strawberry. As early as the 14th century, cultivated gardens began to use improved cultivation methods in order to extend the strawberry season more.
At the beginning of the 18th century, the strawberry attracted the attention of a well-known French botanist. Amédée Francois Frezier observed a strawberry in Chile whose pronounced growth amazed him.
The success of the strawberry spread practically in Europe, an almost glorious career of good taste.
Where does the name of the strawberry come from?
The strawberry lives up to its name. The meaningful naming reveals a basic form of knowledge of the plant. The word “earth” describes the soil or ground on which the plant grows, and the suffix “beer” stands for fruit. The fact that the fruit of the plant ripens near the ground, brought her the famous name.
The strawberry introduces itself
In botany, the botanical term is Fragaria. Strawberry plants are classified in the category of rose plants according to botany. With a staying power of several years, the herbaceous strawberry plant is a perennial stalwart.
The tasty yields of the strawberry are by no means berries even if the name of the plant suggests it. The strawberry has a lush plump fleshy shape. The predominantly red pericarp is covered with small nutlets, which is why the strawberry plant is classified as a hazelnut fruit.
The strawberry shows itself to be of a somewhat choosy nature with living vegetable plants. Various types of cabbage in the immediate vicinity significantly spoil the site conditions, which significantly affects the yield. In contrast, the relationship between strawberry, leek and onion plants is already sustainably better.
The strawberry plant likes to reside in a sunny location. The sun’s rays give the plant strength and vitality for healthy growth of bright red fruits. Therefore: please plant the strawberry in sunny and warm locations!
The soil is crucial for a good strawberry harvest.
Strawberry attaches particular importance to the importance of soil conditions. Increasingly sluggish soil is hardly suitable for planting, as the usefulness for cultivation is hardly appropriate. Soil reflexes should be general and in the sparsely acidified frame. A fertile loosened soil, productive of nutrients and decomposed organic matter offers the ideal cultivation preferences.
Eager hobby gardeners who practice self-composting make the strawberry a great pleasure, if you additionally enrich the soil conditions with it.
The cultivation of strawberry plants
Today’s garden strawberries, contrary to many opinions, are not descended from the forest strawberries, but were crossed in 1750 from the Chilean strawberry and the North American scarlet strawberry.
Many amateur gardeners like to create their own personal strawberry kingdom. Planting and cultivating your own controlled organic breeding is fun and has nothing to do with buying strawberries for sale. The beds are planted in the spring from April to May. In the summer season, planting can be done within the month of July until August.
Strawberry plants are arranged on the bed level in rows. To give the strawberry enough room to develop, ensure enough space between each strawberry plant.
Before planting, give your strawberry plant a little refreshing root bath. It is essential that the planting hole to be excavated is adequate in size and depth for the root.
The root must be completely surrounded by soil so that it can be an energetic supplier of nutrients and water. Plant your strawberry plant with special care and make sure that the buds remain on the surface near the ground.
The young garden strawberries must now be continuously supplied with moisture during your development phase until fruiting.
Especially the threat of soil drought can jeopardize the stabilization of the soil and healthy vigorous growth of strawberry plants.
An excellent preventive measure is mulching. Mulching keeps soil activity alive. By reducing the risk of evaporation, the moisture content of the soil remains longer.
When spring planting, it is a good idea to enrich your strawberry seedlings with additional nutrients 3 weeks after planting.
Usually an organic or a full organic fertilizer is advocated. Amateur gardeners who can enjoy a fresh strawberry crop in August should fertilize after the main harvest.
Did you know. Strawberries are ideal for children. They taste delicious, are healthy and grow not only in the garden, but also gladly and abundantly on the balcony, if the plant pot is sufficiently watered and also gets some sun rays. Our tip: Choose bearing varieties more often, because they regularly bear strawberries – not infrequently until autumn. A great “picking fun” for young and old!
Delicious strawberry recipes for young and old
Ingredients: 320 g strawberries, 4 eggs, 12 tsp flour, 2 tsp milk, 4 sachets vanilla sugar, 4 scoops ice cream, powdered sugar, oil for frying
Preparation for 4 servings
- Step: Mix eggs, flour, milk and vanilla sugar to a smooth dough.
- Step: Clean the strawberries.
- Step: Now prepare the strawberries by cutting the fruit into half pieces and then using a blender to make a fine pulp. Add the strawberry puree to the prepared batter and mix.
- Step: Cut the leftover strawberries into half pieces.
- Step: Put the prepared batter in batches into the pan and fry it with enough oil.
- Step: The finished pancake is sprinkled with powdered sugar, topped with a strawberry or vanilla ice cream scoop, decorated with a few pieces of strawberries.
- ➡ Serve hot. Enjoy your meal!
Strawberry varieties, a small selection presented from over 1000:
- Sonata: Strong, sweet taste.
- Honeoye: Aromatic in places
- Elsanta: Even taste, good growth
- Malwina: High taste quality, resistant, considerable fruit size
- Senga Sengana: Very popular, good yield quality, high resistance
- Polka: Brilliant fruits, uniform growth
Tips for the utilization of strawberries
Strawberries should be consumed immediately or utilized in the short term.
If not consumed immediately, you can also keep your strawberries in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
For longer storage, freezing in the freezer is a good option. To do this, clean strawberries in advance and freeze them individually on a tray. Once frozen, they can be removed from the tray and placed in freezer bags to be frozen together. This will keep them from getting mushy and they will retain their shape. At a later time, they can be taken out individually and processed.
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