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Test your gar­den knowl­edge by an­swer­ing true or false to the fol­low­ing ques­tions

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Contents -

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.

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