Sí, it’s true – the photo is of The Musée de la Fraise gift shop in Wèpion, Belgium, where ‘the best strawberries are grown,’ and strawberry jam, candy, liqueurs and beer are made in the country too.
Quick facts: You may not know strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring, and also are a member of the rose family. (Gracias to the University of Illinois Extension for all the information.)
Most researchers think the strawberry plant was first found in ancient Rome in 234 B.C., and was commonly used for medicinal purposes. They were discovered growing in America in 1588, and American Indians crushed the berries and mixed them with cornmeal to bake them into strawberry bread. The Colonists tried it and developed their own version of the recipe, creating the first Strawberry Shortcake.
Here’s OUR final fact: we believe Kenton strawberries are the very best, and we’ll match them against any berry grown in Belgium, California or Florida any day of the week!
Olé! See you next week. Diego