Strawberry Essay

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Register to read the introduction… They also grow on dry grassy strips between fields under hedges and in gardens (Wilhelm and Sagen 15). The strawberry is part of the Rosaceae (rose) family. This plant is found growing rather close to the ground on a stem having three arrangements of flowers. When the fruit is in its developmental stage, it sends out runners. These string like; slender growths mature on the ground and transfer the roots out into the fertile soil. Once the plants roots are embedded in the soil, they yield a new group of plants, which then produce new plants and bear new fruit. Strawberries can be planted in all garden soil but the richer the soil the larger the crop (see www "Strawberry Historical and Horticultural Facts"). During the maturing of the strawberry fruit, the greenish-white fruits turn into a rich red color). Following maturation, the petals and the flowers fall and all that remains are the calyces. Not every set of flowers produce fruit, but when growing a strawberry plant, you are usually ensured several sweet tasting …show more content…
The alpine strawberry also known, as the Bargemont strawberry was one of the first varieties described. This strawberry belongs to the species F. vesca, it fruits twice a year, once in the spring and then again in the fall. But even though it has poor fruiting qualities it is rich in raspberry flavor ( Wilhelm and Sagen 32). The second earliest variety described was the garden strawberry. This strawberry, known as the Haarbeer, was a plant with rough leaves plant that gave good crops. Just the opposite of the alpine strawberry. It was very different from the woods strawberry and very hairy. The fruit that it produced was half red and half-white ( Wilhelm and Sagen 34). Although it was not red and plump like the other it made up for it with its outstanding flavor and …show more content…
Many strawberry plants do best in a cool, moist climate. The cultivated strawberry displays an extremely wide adaptation. The strawberry has been found in the tundra of Canada and Alaska and as far south as Louisiana and New Mexico (Darrow 357). The abundance of the plant is due to temperature and variability. The vitamin C content of strawberries is relatively high and varies with the temperature, light and variety ( Darrow 364). Flavor of the strawberry also depends on the three climate types stated above. Many tests have been done in order to see if these three factors had something do with the overall taste. Went (1957) studied temperature and light on several different plant types and found that sugar content was entirely a function of light intensity during the day and was independent of the day or night temperature ( Darrow 364). With many more studies following, a general idea on the taste of the strawberry was concluded. The climate and time spent in the cultivation of strawberries is what makes this delightful fruit many peoples

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