Strawberry Facts!

1. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside

2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds

3. Strawberries are a member of the rose family

4. Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fibre, folic acid, potassium

5. Roughly 27000 kg of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7000 litres of cream

6. The acids in fruits help to remove stains on teeth

7. In order to grow, strawberries need as much as 6 hours of direct sunlight every day

8. Strawberries should be picked when they are fully ripened; they do not continue to ripen after they have ben picked

9. During the peak week for strawberry growers in the UK, 8000 tonnes of strawberries are consumed equalling 500 million individual strawberries

10. British strawberries are available from May until October

Apple Facts!

1. The National Fruit Collection is located at Brogdale Farm in Kent

2. There are 2400 apple varieties at the National Fruit Collection

3. The Sweet Apple (malus pumilla) originates from the fruit forests in Western China

4. Apples belong to the same family as roses. Does that mean roses are fruit?

5. An apple seed will not reproduce the same variety

6. To duplicate a variety budding or grafting is the only technique

7. The most popular variety in England is Gala with 25% of all sales

8. Cox has been the number one English dessert variety for 60 years

9. Gala will shortly overtake Cox as the most prolific English apple

10. 80% of all English apples are sold in supermarkets

11. 70% of English Bramley apples are processed for pie fillings

12. There are over 7000 different varieties of apple in the world

13. 85% of an apple is made up of water, so they are a very refreshing snack

14. In 1665 Sir Isaac Newton discovered the Laws of Gravity thanks to an apple!

15. There is an old saying: ‘An apple a day keeps the Doctor away’

16. The apple was introduced to England by the Romans 2000 years ago

17. Raw apples are good for your teeth and gums

Farmtastic Facts!

1. Every second during a harvest a combine harvester gathers enough wheat to make about 1000 weatabix

2. A piglet is born on a British farm every 4 second, a baby is born in britain every 44 seconds

3.  There may be a greater weight of earthworms underneath the soil than the cattle and sheep that graze above it

4. Introducing bee colonies to orchards can increase fruit yields by 50-80% a year

5. If you stack the British potato harvest one spud on top of the other you could make 6 towers that would reach the moon

6. The egg came before the chicken – reptiles were laying eggs many years before chickens existed and the first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chieck

7. Some turkeys can fly short distances at up to 55 mph and run at up to 25 mph

8. One serving of freshly frozen garden peas contains as much vitamin C as in 2 apples (NFU)

9. The average farmer spends almost 100 hours a year managing hedgerows

10. Farmers use satellites to take pictures of crops that tell them how they are growing across a field, and then use sat nav to put exactly the right amount of fertiliser on the crop