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May 20th marks 'National Pick Strawberries Day' in the U.S.

Ontario's strawberry season runs from June-July
Ontario's strawberry season runs from June-July

Staff writers

May 20, 2012 — Strawberry fans in the U.S. are in for a tasty treat -- May 20th marks National Pick Strawberries Day.

Strawberries aren't in season in Canada yet -- but over in the U.S., farmers and foodies alike are celebrating National Pick Strawberries Day.

Warm temperatures across a large portion of the U.S. have prompted crowds to get outside and indulge in the tasty fruit.

While some varities of strawberries produce early in the season, the fruit typically comes into season in Canada during the months of June and July.

Strawberry stats

  • Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium
  • The average strawberry contains about 200 seeds
  • Recent studies have found that strawberries can help decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • There are more than 600 different varieties of strawberries
  • In the early 19th century, strawberries were a pricey treat that were only enjoyed by the wealthy
  • Some studies suggest that a regular intake of strawberries can improve cognitive function

Visit Lawn & Garden Tips to learn more about fruits, plants and veggies.

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