North Carolina state red berry: strawberry

Written By North Carolina History Project

Strawberries are one of the most consumed fruits in the world.  In 2009, North Carolina farmers harvested 1,500 acres — or 19.5 million pounds — of strawberries and produced nearly $20.5 million in value for the state.  These numbers put North Carolina as the 3rd largest producer of the heart-shaped fruit.  The Tar Heel State trails only California and Florida.

Strawberries are annually harvested in the late spring and early summer, usually from mid-April to early June.  Although there are many varieties of strawberries, three are commonly grown in North Carolina: Camarosa, Chandler, and Sweet Charlie.  Like blueberries, strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and rich in fiber and antioxidants.  They are also a great source of vitamin K, vitamin B, and folic acid.