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Valentine’s Day: Strawberries and Roses

Strawberries are among the most popular berries consumed worldwide. As a wild fruit, strawberries are native to regions of the earth known as “temperate” regions. These regions include most of Europe, Asia, North America, and the lower half of South America, including Chile. Not only do strawberries grow wide throughout these many regions of the world, they have also been cultivated for hundreds of years. In the United States, which is the world’s largest commercial producer of strawberries at approximately 3 billion pounds per year, strawberry varieties are often divided by growers into categories like “early season,” “mid-season,” “late-season,” “June-bearing,” or “day neutral” (which typically produce during July, August, and September). Another popular variety is “everbearing,” which contrary to its name, typically bears fruit 2–3 times per year in different seasons.

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