Ever seen a Wild Strawberry

These Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) sometimes known as the Alpine Strawberry were found by our ECoW on a project. The wild strawberry belongs to the Rose family (Rosaceae), and it belongs to the same genus as the cultivated strawberry. 

Typical habitat for wild strawberry is along trails and roadsides, embankments, hillsides, stone- and gravel-laid paths and roads, meadows, young woodlands, sparse forest, woodland edges, and clearings.

They flower between April and July with fruits forming from July onwards. The fruit is small, only about 1 cm across. Evidence from archaeological excavations suggests that wild strawberry has been consumed by humans since the Stone Age.

As our ECoW can vouch, they are quite tasty!

 

Stewart Parsons