Strawberries

garden-strawberries

 In the world of strawberries, the idea of separate sexes never really gained much of a foothold. This was probably due to the fact that they simply lack the feet. However, it could also because they are hermaphrodites. This wonderful abundance of sexual options allows strawberries the ability to avoid all the bother of gender-identification and pollen production altogether and devote the totality of  their time and energy to being tasty.

 Though there once was a superabundance of strawberrry 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 main strawberry variety found in nearly all the kitchens and gardens of the United States.