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.
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.
– 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.