Fragaria vesca time and facts

The season of strawberries is here again! It is the time I love: red strawberries, warm weather, gardens full of flowers and a special feeling in the air , one knows summer is just to come, cherries are almost ripe, even a walk down the street is painted by this early summer light and shades, smell of sweet strawberries fills the air. Yet there is nothing to compare to the smell and aroma of ripe wild strawberries! Even more if you pick them by yourself ! I’ve picked some for you and I’ve picked some interesting strawberries facts, too! The first one is about the tiny seeds over the strawberry fruit- they are namely achenes! 

In many species, what we think of as the “seed” is actually an achene, a fruit containing the seed. The seed-like appearance arises from the fact that the wall of the seed-vessel hardens and encloses the solitary seed so closely as to seem like an outer coat. The strawberry is an aggregate fruit with an aggregate of achenes, and what is eaten is accessory tissue. from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achene

The next strawberry fact is about the number of chromosome sets this plant has :

There are more than 20 different Fragaria species worldwide. Key to the classification of strawberry species is recognizing that they vary in the number of chromosomes. Some species are diploid, having two sets of the seven chromosomes (14 chromosomes total). Others are tetraploid (four sets, 28 chromosomes total), hexaploid (six sets, 42 chromosomes total), octoploid (eight sets, 56 chromosomes total), or decaploid (ten sets, 70 chromosomes total). As a rough rule (with exceptions), strawberry species with more chromosomes tend to be more robust and produce larger plants with larger berries.[7] from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria

And another strawberry fact-there are may fantastic art works that are , well, strawberrish- have a look and enjoy ! 

 

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File:Conrad Gesner - Conradi Gesneri Historia plantarum Walderbeere.jpg

 

Zürich : Botanical Garden «zur Katz» (Museum of Ethnology, University of Zürich) : Fragaria vesca‘Conradi Gesneri Historia plantarum’ by Conrad Gessner (* 1516; † 1565), author of the photography : Roland zh, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conrad_Gesner_-_Conradi_Gesneri_Historia_plantarum_Walderbeere.jpg#filelinks

File:Oberrheinischer Meister - Madonna mit den Erdbeeren.png

Madonna of the Strawberries, The Upper Rhenish Master, between circa 1420 and circa 30, from: 

Still Life With Strawberries - Pierre Auguste Renoir

“Still Life With Strawberries”, Pierre Auguste Renoir, from: http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_106774/Pierre-Auguste-Renoir/Still-Life-With-Strawberries

17 thoughts on “Fragaria vesca time and facts

  1. I had no idea!!! Facinating:-) I have been so busy the past month that I am playing catch up:-) I have strawberries coming in, but they are not ripe yet. I have to keep an eye on my since the resident racoon and his friends like to nibble on them and leave them half eaten in my potager!

    • You absolutely don’t deserve raccoons , but it’s a relief for me to hear I am not alone fighting fauna )deer in my case) to protect the garden ! Have a nice Tuesday, Tamara

      • sometimes I just plant extra for them:-) tee hee, but deer are a different story they destroy everything…they eat it to the ground!!! not a nibble here or there!

  2. I love strawberries🙂 tried to grow strawberries on my balcony this year, but I failed for some reason… dried within a few days… but ima a beginner gardener🙂
    loved your post… especially the references to the paintings…

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