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Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Though many markets in Southern states had strawberries for sale in April, cooler temperatures and wet weather made for a longer and slower season. Still, some strawberry growers still have berries for sale and to pick in their fields.

The modern strawberry originated from a hybrid of two American wild varieties crossbred by French breeders in the 1700s, according to the University of California, Los Angeles.

Interestingly enough, UCLA notes that commercial strawberry industry began a century earlier in Paris, but European strawberries were smaller than American strawberries, which is how the American hybrid came to dominate, as noted in the UCLA article, “Strawberry, The Maiden With Runners.”

Strawberry fields still have berries for sale and for picking