The strawberry is from the same family of rose - Rosaceae, and is of the Fragaria genus. Funny thing though about strawberries is they are not technically fruit since fruit is the ripened female reproductive organ,and strawberries are the enlarged ends of the plant’s male organ, the stamen. That does not however change the fact that strawberries can produce about 200 seeds per berry.

The history of the strawberry goes back as far as the Romans and perhaps even the Greeks, but they have never been a staple of agriculture according to ancient references. In medieval times around the 14th century, the French begun to transplant the wood strawberry, Fragaria vesca, from the wilderness to the garden. The plant was considered more ornamental for its flowers than useful for its fruit, although it was grown to some extent for eating. The modern strawberry emerges from the hybridization of an American variety F. virginiana, and a Chilean variety F. grandiflora to become F. ananassa, our present big-fruited strawberry.

The legend of the strawberry love affair

In Roman times, the strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart shape and red color. Strawberries were a popular aphrodisiac. A legend lore says that if you break a double strawberry into half and shares it with a member of the opposite sex; you will fall in love with each other. The medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals to symbolize perfection and righteousness. Madame Tallien, a great figure of the French Revolution and afterwards a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, swore by taking baths full of strawberries to keep her skin radiant. She used 22 pounds per basin.

In modern days, the most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year, when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches by properly attired English watchers.

Latest research on cancer

There are presently 21 published cancer researches related to strawberry. The first cancer research was published 16 years ago but the majority of them are in the last 5 years. Mostly, the research shows that the strawberry affects fundamental processes in different types of cancer. The main effect that the study has discovered is on cancer proliferation, but inflammation and apoptosis were also shown. Only two articles cover angiogenesis. So this functional food affects the 4 basic processes of cancer and the initial transformation from normal cells to cancer cells. Furthermore, it has been discovered that freezing the berry does not alter its proprieties. The studies were performed on many types of cancer: like prostate cancer and breast cancer (colon cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, leukemia, hemangioma and stomach cancer). Overall, the strawberry looks like a good addition to your daily diet. I have created a great recipe to fight cancer and incorporate strawberry in you meal: The Venus Kiss.

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