It’s a bit ironic that National Strawberry Day occurs on February 27 when National Strawberry Month doesn’t take place until May. But that makes no difference to us because our strawberry cheesecake dessert is the perfect treat for today… and practically any day of the year (including the entire month of May)!
If you love sweet, delectable treats, you’ll understand why this one is everyone’s favorite. Our strawberry cheesecake has the soft and creamy texture of cheesecake, along with the bursting fruitiness and summery taste of whole, ripe, slightly tart strawberries. It’s covered with a sweet and tasty glaze. Plus, we think that when you pair that along with a cup of coffee, it’s a slice of heaven on earth! And that’s really saying something, since we love so many desserts paired with coffee!
All About Strawberries
Strawberries were a gift from Chile, when garden strawberry plants made their way to North America in the 1750s. Strawberries are a great plant because they are fairly easy to grow and don’t seem adverse to flourishing just about anywhere in the world that offers full sun and sandy soil. Just be cautious that garden pests, and even dogs, love to eat ripening berries.
Strawberries are one of the highest value crops per-acre grown in North America, with nearly 1.6 million tons of strawberries produced in the United States. Of that, most commercial strawberries are grown in California or Florida, where some new varieties of strawberries have extended the growing season from January through November.
Here are some interesting strawberry facts:
- Strawberries aren’t actually berries. They belong to the rose family and reproduce from runners, not seeds.
- There are more than 400 different varieties of strawberries.
- Each berry produces approximately 200 seeds on the outside of the fruit. They are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.
- Strawberries are low in sugar and excellent sources of vitamins B6, C and K.
- Tart green strawberries are having a moment. Chefs are using the immature strawberries in everything from salads to cakes.
- The strawberry plant is a perennial. It may not bear fruit immediately, but once it does, it will remain productive for approximately five years.
- Americans eat an average of 3.5 pounds of fresh strawberries each per year (or 5 pounds a year if you include frozen strawberries).
- Strawberries are often sighted as a favorite fruit of children.
- The ancient Romans thought strawberries had medicinal powers to treat a variety of ailments, including depression, fever, fainting, kidney stones, bad breath and sore throats.
- Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
- Strawberries have high levels of nitrate, which increases blood and oxygen flow to the muscles.
- If you strawberries before exercising, you may have greater endurance and burn more calories.