The West Virginia Strawberry Festival is located in Buckhannon (the Strawberry Capital of America) each May.
It is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the state, attracting over 150,000 people to the town, throughout the week of the event. Make plans now for the 70th Festival May 18th – 22nd 2011!
A long-standing, good-tasting tradition in Buckhannon, W.Va., the center of a strawberry-growing region.
The festival began in 1936, was suspended during World War II, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1991, with a block-long strawberry shortcake. Visitors, who numbered about 100,000, got free samples.
The history of strawberries in Italy can be traced back to 234 BC.
In ancient Europe, in Rome, the fruit was grown for the formulation of different types of medicines. In France, the berries were used for medicinal purpose.
The Europeans first discovered the strawberry in America in 1588. Since the fruit was easily available and abundant in the wild, the local Americans didn’t cultivate it commercially.
It was only after the demand grew from the European settlers, that the native Americans started its cultivation.
The strawberry is a native plant of North America. The name ‘strawberry’ is derived from a farmers’ practice of mulching the plant with straw.
In the U.S. strawberries typically peak during April in Florida and Texas, May in the deep South, and in early June in WV and middle sections, and later June in the far North.
The strawberry plant is a member of the Rosaceae family and the genus, Fragaria. Against the common belief that the strawberry is a fruit, the fleshy red outgrowth is actually the receptacle of the strawberry flower. It is also called a ‘false fruit’.
Strawberries are cultivated on a large scale in the state of California. Around 25,000 acres of land is under strawberry cultivation in the States. California produces around 80% of the strawberries, that are consumed in the United States.
Find locally grown strawberries at Capital Market, Fruity Farms, and Mountain Top Farm.
· 1 pint strawberries; cut in small pieces
· 1 cup milk
· 1 cup plain Stonyfield Organic yogurt
· 1 banana or mango (optional)
Place above ingredients in a blender. Blend on low for approximately 2 minutes, or until liquefied. Pour into frosty mugs!
Eat well; live long!
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