In the world of strawberries, the idea of separate sexes never really gained much of a foothold. This was primarily due to a lack of feet, but also, choosing an hermaphroditic lifestyle allowed strawberries to avoid altogether the incessant bother of both gender identification and pollen production. instead, strawberries can devote all their time and energy exclusively to the art of being tasty.

Though North America was once blessed with a superabundance of strawberry varieties abounding in greenhouses throughout the land, 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 first cultivated by Europeans over two centuries ago and has become the top strawberry variety found in gardens throughout the United States.