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Strawberries (Fragaria Ă— ananassa) are a bright red, delicious and refreshing fruit beloved by humans and some small animals like squirrels and birds (who don’t know any better). Often confused with raspberries (but let’s be honest, who would make such a rookie mistake?), strawberries are a juicy and versatile fruit that can be used in many culinary applications, such as cakes, smoothies, salads, and as a convenient and acceptable way to make oneself appear more intellectual by casually offering one’s friends to share their dessert.


The origins of the strawberry are a bit of a mystery, but many believe they were first cultivated in 18th century France, when a bored and hungry aristocrat decided to crossbreed two species of plants solely for the amusement of it. The result was the fragrant, sweet and juicy berry that we know today. And France being France, they of course immediately elevated the strawberry to the status of haute cuisine, putting them in everything from sauces to salads to Napoleon’s favorite dessert, strawberry shortcake.

Cultural Significance

In addition to its delicious taste and versatility, the strawberry has also become a cultural icon, representing love, sensuality, and summer itself. You may have even heard the term “strawberry fields forever,” likely referring to the euphoric feeling of frolicking through a field of the sweet fruit. And of course, who could forget the iconic scene from When Harry Met Sally where Meg Ryan, ahem, “fakes it” in a diner while enjoying a slice of strawberry pie? Truly, no other fruit is as erotically charged as the strawberry.

Fun Facts

In conclusion, while it may not be a true berry, the strawberry is a fruit that deserves all the attention it gets. From its origins in France to its leading role in our favorite rom-coms, the strawberry will forever hold a special place in our hearts and on top of our cakes. May we all envision a world where every day is a strawberry shortcake day.