Strawberries have always had a reputation for being an aphrodisiac. With their red colour and heart shapes, they became a symbol of Venus, the Greek goddess of love. In France, there was even a tradition of serving strawberry soup to newlyweds. 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.
In 16th-Century France rhubarb was more valuable than cinnamon and in 17th-Century England more expensive than opium. It had numerous beneficial properties and for this reason was one of the most-commonly used plants in folk medicine. Is this a fruit or a vegetable? Well, it's added to pies, jams and compotes - a fruit, maybe?