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Wild Strawberries, Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1799)

Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Strawberries

Strawberries can be grown throughout Oklahoma. They are the number one fruit crop for home plantings. Strawberries are the first fruits to ripen in early spring. In Oklahoma, most won't be ready until May. One cup of fresh berries supplies more than the recommended daily adult requirement for Vitamin C. 

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds growing on the outside. More facts about strawberries.

Be a Food Explorer: Strawberry Bread

American Indians were already eating strawberries when the colonists arrived. The crushed berries were mixed with cornmeal and baked into strawberry bread. After trying this bread, Colonists developed their own version of the recipe and created strawberry shortcake.

Make Native American strawberry bread as described above. Crush frozen strawberries or strawberry preserves into your favorite cornbread recipe or mix. Serve with strawberry cream cheese with a few fresh strawberries on the side.

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Play With Your Food: Strawberry Math

On average, there are 200 seeds on a strawberry. Using this figure, have students estimate the number of seeds in a cup of fresh strawberries. Develop a strategy for counting the seeds before eating the strawberries.

Strawberries (Serving Size: 1/2 cup, sliced)

amounts per serving
% daily value
calories
25
calories from fat
0
total fat
0g
0%
sodium
0mg
0%
total carbohydrate
6g
2%
dietary fiber
2g
7%
sugars
4g
protein
1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
80%
calcium
2%
iron
6%

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Book

Gibbons, Gail, The Berry Book, Holiday House, 2002. (Grades PreK-3)

Discussion of how berries grow in the wild and how they are cultivated in fields and gardens domestically, including the impact of climate. The author describes the uses of edible berries and even provides directions for growing strawberries.

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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.