Plants and People Project
Strawberry - Fragaria
In addition to harvesting the berries for food, American Indians made medicines from the leaves and roots.
People make a variety of foods from the berries of this plant. They are eaten plain or in mixes with other fruits and nuts.
"Minutemen from the American Revolution were saved from scurvy by drinking a tea made from the fresh green foliage of the wild Strawberry." IPNF
Strawberries were once recommended for whitening teeth and easing sunburn. Botanical.com
Strawberries spread readily. They make a good natural ground cover on a hillside. Be prepared to share your crop with birds, and small mammals including a passing child who spies the delicious red berries tucked away in the green leaves.
Insects are attracted to the nectar of the flowers.
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