Strawberries For Skincare and Fertility? Exploring our Favorite Fruit!

Strawberries not only have a rich, complex history, but they have interesting symbolism and possess a wealth of health pros. The tiny, crimson fruit can be found all over the world and was consumed by ancient civilizations, although the taste may have been a bit different. Literary works that include strawberries date back as far as the Roman Empire, but as shared by the University of Vermont, they were used strictly for decorative purposes by the Romans. The site also that though they existed in the 1st century AD, strawberries were not raised in Europe until the over a thousand years later.

Dwellers of France began taking wild strawberries and planting their seeds in gardens in the 1300s, and within two centuries, other parts of Europe had followed suit. It must be noted that Native Americans were already enjoying strawberries by the time colonists arrived in Virginia in the 1600s. We don’t know when the Natives’ relationship with the fruit began, but we do know that they were mixing the berry with cornmeal to make a sweet strawberry bread. The colonists took this idea and thus Strawberry Shortcake was born.

French spies were sent to Chile and upon their return in 1712, they brought back a Chilean strawberry that was much larger than other strawberries Europeans had seen. The strawberries brought from Virginia were crossbred (it is unclear whether this was intentional or not) with the Chilean berries (by the English), which is the closest thing to the strawberries we enjoy today. All modern strawberries are derivatives of this hybrid.

There are a couple old symbols and legends in place about the strawberry. The Roman goddess Venus was affiliated with strawberries, because she is the embodiment of love and the fruit is red and heart shaped. Additionally, it was believed to heighten fertility and