National California Strawberry Day is an American holiday dedicated to strawberries. Most of the berries are grown in California. This is aided by the warm climate all year round, which allows for a great harvest! The holiday is celebrated annually on March 21.
The history of National California Strawberry Day begins in 1983. At the time, the holiday was initiated by the California Strawberry Commission, which handles the growing and supply of the berry throughout the United States. The main purpose of the holiday is to enjoy the taste of strawberries, try new varieties and make different desserts using this ingredient.
There is historical information about the presence of strawberries in ancient Rome in the 4th-3rd centuries B.C. At that time, the fruit of this plant was used as a medicine. People believed that eating strawberries could cure moping, fevers, cleanse the bile ducts and kidneys, and help cope with sore throats. In the 14th century, strawberries began to be actively cultivated in France. European conquerors also discovered the berry in the Americas. Crossing existing species of the plant resulted in large and juicy berries – the strawberries we enjoy today.
- California is home to the largest strawberry plantations. More than 80 percent of the U.S. market grows berries there.
- One of the most popular types of ice cream has exactly strawberry filling.
- Strawberries contain vitamins A, C, B5, P, large amounts of folic acid, zinc, and other minerals. Berries improve blood composition, useful for problems with the heart and blood vessels, anemia, poor eyesight.
How to celebrate
Eat more strawberries on National California Strawberry Day! Visit cafes/restaurants to try the best strawberry desserts or make your own. There are plenty of interesting recipes on the Internet! You can try to start growing strawberries yourself: in the garden or in a greenhouse. The second option is preferable: so you will have fresh berries all year round.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they like strawberries or prefer other berries.
When is National California Strawberry Day celebrated in 2024?
National California Strawberry Day is observed on March 21 each year.