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