One of the sweetest and most appetizing fruits that can be eaten alone, with chocolate, with cream, with milk… are, without a doubt, strawberries. Corn we don’t always eat the same because the truth is that there are many varieties of strawberries.
How much? A lot, so we’re going to reveal how many there are and tell you a bit more about them. Do you want to know more?
A bit of strawberry history
Have you ever wondered where strawberries come from? Well, in this case, we should use a little history.
And here many legends and myths about them. Also, with as many varieties as there are, it is normal to think that each one has an origin.
For example, we say that in In ancient Rome, strawberries were among the fruits eaten during the festivities of Adonis. But do you know why? Well, because the origin of this fruit was the death of Adonis. When Venus mourned her death, the tears that the goddess shed, when they hit the ground, turned into this fruit. Therefore, each year these were eaten as if in some way taking something from the goddess.
Strawberries are almost always said to come from the United States. But that’s really not the case.
At Europe had strawberries, the so-called European strawberries. The problem is that they were different from American strawberries, especially Chilean strawberries or North American strawberries.
It was in the 18th century that Amédée-François Frézier, an explorer under the orders of Louis XIV (France), brought him some specimens of the strawberry that was in America. These were characterized by being larger and having less scent than the European ones.
What they did? Antoine Nicolas Duchesne, a French botanist, thought of crossing this Chilean strawberry with one that grew in Europethe “Fragaria moschata“. But he didn’t stay there alone, but when he got this hybrid, he also wanted to cross the other typical American strawberry, the North American one, with the same European one. The result? The strawberries we now eat, called “Fragaria x ananassa“.
How many varieties of strawberries are there
With what we have told you, you might be thinking that there are only 5 varieties: two American, one European and two hybrids. But in fact there are many others. Very much.
To give you an idea, in Europe at that time there were two varieties. Also in America. And then came the hybrids.
According to the notes found, there are more or less 100 different varieties of strawberries, many of which are easy to find and even grow. Others not so much.
Some divide them into two or three groups. One of them divides strawberries into:
- Ascending (or ascending). They only happen once a year, in the spring.
- Non-increasing (or non-increasing). Also non-repeated calls. They only grow strawberries from May to October, but during the summer they don’t grow because the plant goes dormant.
Another of the classifications classifies strawberries into three different groups:
- Wild strawberries. Where the most striking of them is, without a doubt, their flavor.
- cultivated strawberries. Which are characterized by being bigger than the previous ones, but with less flavor and quality.
- Strawberry. It is the one that has a much larger size than all the previous ones. However, they are not as sweet and do not have as much aroma as the previous ones.
There are many other classifications, especially in the case of strawberries. But there is no doubt that there are many varieties.
What are the most popular strawberry varieties?
Since we don’t want you to be left alone with the fact that there are around 100 varieties, here we are going to name some of the best known or easier to find. These are:
They are from California, USA. They are characterized by being large firm strawberries (they are hard). It’s called Strawberry.
In fact, it is the most consumed variety in Spain and the one that takes the least time to bear fruit (for example, if you plant it in October, in December it will already be strawberries).
Strawberries queen of the valleys
This is a strawberry that you will only find in May because it only blooms once a year.
In terms of form, they are small and light red to dark red. They have an oblong shape and are sweet (although with a bit of acidity), aromatic and very juicy.
It is also one of the most you will find in Spain.
In this case, they are strawberries that are characterized by being very large, dark red.
They have an elongated shape and inside they maintain this exterior color. In addition, they have a certain smell.
Unlike other strawberries, this one has a particular shape. And it is that they are round but flattened on the peduncle.
In addition, they are matte red.
We are talking about one of the strawberry varieties that differs from normal. On the one hand, it is a orange-red (or orange), and to continue it has the shape of a flattened wedge.
As for its flavor, it is pleasant, but different from that of other strawberries.
This variety of strawberries is the one found in summer, from mid-July to the end of September.
They are strawberries, with what they will be large and reddish in color. They are less fragrant than other varieties.
It is one of the best tasting. He has one heart-shaped and very bright red.
It’s a strawberry, but one of the few that will be delicious to eat.
all the stars
It is one of the juiciest and sweetest varieties of strawberries. Yes you will have one much paler red.
They have an almost perfect strawberry shape and are very firm.
If you don’t like sweet strawberries and prefer a slightly stronger flavor, you should try this one.
These are strawberries with a orange exterior and red interior (sometimes even pink).
No doubt if you are addicted to these red fruits you will want to try all the varieties of strawberries that exist. Although, for this you will have to travel a lot to find them. Do you know any other common things at tables?