Wild Strawberry

(Fragaria vesca) Often confused with the Barren Strawberry, which is no relation, and belongs to an entirely different genus. Nobody seems to agree about how strawberry got its name. Of course, we put straw around the plants to protect the fruit, but the name was streawberige in OE times. The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology admits it does not know the derivation. Anyway, the fruit has always been much appreciated; to quote Aubrey - "strawberries have moist delicious taste, and are so innocent that a woman in childbed, or one in a feaver, may safely eate them".

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