Bright red, juicy, sweet and packed with nutrients, fresh strawberries are a summertime staple. Did you know that in 2011, the U.S. produced 2.8 billion pounds of berries? The crop was valued at almost $2.4 million. Discover more about the ruby fruit:
- According to the USDA, the average person eats 4.85 pounds of fresh or frozen strawberries each year.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- On average, a single strawberry contains 200 seeds.
- Strawberries are grown in every state in the country.
- The U.S. accounts for 30 percent of the total world strawberry production.
- California is the nation’s top strawberry producer, followed by Florida and Oregon.
- Just eight medium strawberries provide more than 150 percent of your daily value for the disease-fighting vitamin C.