Test your garden knowledge by answering true or false to the following questions
1. Plant strawberry plants, like tomatoes, good and deep.
2. When you plant a new strawberry,
remove any existing blossoms.
3. Leave the cap on when you pick strawberries or they’ll lose vitamin C.
4. Eating strawberries prevents cancer.
5. Eating strawberries makes you smarter.
6. Eating strawberries makes you slimmer.
7. Strawberries are native to Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
8. Each strawberry has up to 70 seeds.
9. To ripen strawberries after picking, place them in a paper bag for a few hours.
10. Strawberries take their name from the habit of Victorian children of threading strawberries onto a piece of straw as they picked them.
1. False. Plant just deep enough to cover the tops of the roots.
2. True. Removing blossoms encourages the plant to send out more runners, which will give you more plants, more blossoms and more strawberries.
3. True. When you remove the cap, cells get torn, activating an enzyme that destroys vitamin C.
4. True. At least as indicated by some studies. In one study, a group of over 1,200 elderly people found that those who ate strawberries regularly had one-third the rate of cancer development of those who rarely or never ate strawberries. Strawberries are full of antioxidants.
5. True. Eating strawberries seems to reduce the effects of age-related decline in brain function in animals. As well, rats fed strawberries showed improved learning capacity and motor skills.
6. True. Well, at least they won't do much to make you fatter. There are only about 40 or 50 calories in a cup of sliced strawberries.
7. True. They've been growing on their own around the world for thousands of years. Perhaps they are so dispersed because a strawberry will survive a bird's intestinal tract, so a seed eaten in one place will germinate when… um… deposited in another.
8. False. In fact, strawberries average 200 seeds apiece.
9. False. You can't ripen strawberries
after they've been picked. But if you find yourself with a bunch of under-ripe strawberries, try slicing them into a salad, or punch up the sweetness and still get the tangy strawberry flavour by sprinkling with sugar.
10. False. You may have heard this story before, but it isn't etymologically true. The word "strawberry" has been around, in some form, for over a thousand years, so it isn't of Victorian derivation. And, since the word is older than the cultivation of the plant, it has nothing to do with straw mulch. The predominant theory is that the runners of the plant, growing rampant in the wild, look like straw.