The first garden strawberries were produced 300 years ago in France thanks to King Louis XIV, a well-known admirer of the fruit. Strawberries originated through cross-breeding of the Virginian and Chilean woodland berries. There are around 2,000 strawberry species, which differ in taste, size and colour. There is even a white strawberry which tastes like a pineapple.
Strawberries have more vitamin C than lemons or grapefruits. They are also rich in vitamin PP which regulates blood-oxygen levels. The fruit has a high content of organic salts, which improve metabolism, and pectins which clear the intestinal track and have a beneficial effect on the gut flora.