Strawberries

 

 

In the world of strawberries, the idea of separate sexes never really gained much of a foothold. This was primarily due to their lack of feet, but also, as happy hermaphrodites, strawberries are able to avoid altogether the bother of gender identification and pollen production, and instead devote their time and energy exclusively to the art of being tasty.

garden-strawberries

 

Though there once was a superabundance of strawberry varieties abounding in greenhouses throughout North America, today most cultivated strawberries are likely descended from just two parent varieties: fragaria virginian and fragaria chiloensis.

 

 

The hybrid of these two, called Fragaria ananassa, or “Pineapple Strawberry”, was cultivated by Europeans over two centuries ago and is now the most common strawberry variety found in gardens throughout the United States.