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Wild strawberries

wild strawberries

Fresh organic wild strawberries from my garden.

The wild strawberry originates from the whole of the Northern Hemisphere, excluding the tropical regions. The strawberry derives its name from the habit of placing straw under the plants to protect the strawberries.

Wild strawberries are a common native plant found growing in open fields, woodlands and even our yards.  Some people consider them to be nothing more than a weed. Yet, it’s so much more than that.

It can grow up to six inches tall. Wild Strawberries bloom from April to June. Many animals eat strawberry fruits.

Birds and other animals can help Wild Strawberry spread by pooping seeds out in new places. Wild strawberries produce one or more clusters of flowers. These blooms are followed by the familiar red strawberries. You may already have them growing somewhere on your property.

wild strawberries

wild strawberries

 

The herb represents a great remedy and its usage is situated somewhere between food and medicine, but it can also cause serious allergic reactions. The small yellow dots that cover the fruit (the herbs seeds) are the ones that give the herb its power.

Strawberry juice is recommended in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis, chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. It is best if the juice is consumed on an empty stomach, 3 cups a day. The juice stimulates liver activity and encourages the renewal of hepatic cells and tissue.

Benefits:

– Leaves and roots of wild strawberry are traditionally used as astringent to treat diarrhoea.

– The strawberry fruit is considered to have cooling, calming and diuretic properties. Strawberry fruits and leaves are used to treat urinary tract disorders.

– In vitro studies have shown that strawberry extract can reduce cell proliferation of breast cancer cells and colon cancer cells.

– Strawberry extract inhibits the formation of platelets, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

Special attention must be directed at those who suffer form allergies, because in those cases it is best to consume small quantities of wild strawberries. The consumed quantity can be increased gradually only if there are no digestive, dermatological or respiratory problems.

 

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24 thoughts on “Wild strawberries”

  1. Nice post! And for any botany nerds out there, the fruit type for a strawberry is called “an aggregate of achenes.” Those dots all over the strawberry are each an individual fruit, called an achene, with one tiny seed inside. So a strawberry is just a combination of many fruits squished together!

  2. I have known these delightful sweet perfumed fruits are ever since I was a child and you would find the odd berry along the roadside. However, when I lived in Stockholm I found that you could even buy whole punnets of smultron in the markets -expensive but bliss!

  3. Hi! Thanks for the Like on my little Montana blog! You have a very interesting blog here. Photos, information, and food! Nice blend.
    We have wild strawberries growing on the south hillside at my place. They are really a beautiful ground cover, and attract birds for us to enjoy. We have harvested them a few times, but ours are super tiny fruits, and take a lot to process, so we have started leaving them for the wildlife!

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post “Blueberry Donut Battle”! Strawberries are some of my favorite fruit but I didn’t know they have cooling and calming properties too. Great post!

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