Strawberry

North Carolina State Red Berry

freshpickedstrawberries.jpg

Fresh-picked strawberries

Fresh-picked strawberries; photo by James Lee on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Strawberry

North Carolina designated the strawberry (genus fragaria) as the official red berry of the state in 2001. The blueberry (genus vaccinium) was also recognized as the state blue berry. Both berries are grown throughout North Carolina and consumers can pick their own berries at farms from one end of the state to the other.

Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and A, and supply 8 percent of the recommended daily allowance for iron. One cup of fresh berries has only 60 calories and zero grams of fat.

Strawberries and blueberries are important to the agricultural economy of North Carolina. Strawberries brought in over $19 million in 2005 and blueberries over $37 million. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina was ranked 3rd in the nation in 2006 in strawberry production, and 5th in blueberry production.

North Carolina

Images

Strawberry plant with blossoms and green berries; photo by Costel Slincu on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Strawberry plant with flowers and green berries

Strawberry birthday cake; photo by distopiandreamgirl on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Strawberry birthday cake

Strawberries and blueberries; photo by Angelo DeSantis on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Strawberries and blueberries

Strawberry and milk; photo by Stefan Lins on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Strawberry and milk