wild strawberries

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Myself (chef noel) and chef paul cotter have both found wild strawberries in the last week in Kerry, wild strawberries are popping up now easy to find because of the flower and leaf

Flowering time: May-August. Perennial. Native.

White flowers, usually 5-petalled. Petals often over-lapping. Small edible
red berries.Long-stalked bright green trifoliate leaves. Mainly basal.
Leaflets oval, strongly toothed, flattened silky hairs beneath.
Long slender runners, forming new plants at nodes. Height:5-30 cm.

Very frequent. Woods, scrub, grassland, roadsides

Evidence from archaeological excavations suggests that Fragaria vesca has been consumed by humans since the stone age  The woodland strawberry was first cultivated in ancient Persia where farmers knew the fruit as Toot Farangi. Its seeds were later taken along the silk road  towards the far East and to Europe where it was widely cultivated until the 18th century, when it began to be replaced by the garden strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa), which has much larger fruit and showed greater variation, making them better suited for further breeding.

Woodland strawberry fruit is strongly flavored, and is still collected and grown for domestic use and on a small scale commercially for the use of gourmets and as an ingredient for commercial jam, sauces, liqueurs, cosmetics and alternative medicine

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