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Kentucky Color - Wild Strawberries

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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Wild Strawberries can be seen everywhere this time of year, if you're paying attention.

The ripe, red fruit is fragrant when crushed and, guess what, smells like a strawberry.


They are edible, but just because they are red doesn't mean they are ripe for they have a tendency to stay red for extended periods of time. I don't recommend eating them since a lot of covert and overt activities go on in lawns of today that might render them harmful to the digestive tracts of humans.

According to my book learning much of the plant was used by Native Americans and our forefathers for many treatments of ailments, one of which was the boiling of dried leaves to make a tea for kidney problems.

The berries are preceded by beautiful little white, five-petaled flowers which turn green after the berry is conceived and are the five little mittens providing the circular back drop for the berries in this photo. Also, notice the unopened fruiting body to the left of the lower berry. -Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2012-04-22 05:48:15
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