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schī:ya (Wild Strawberry)

Wild strawberries tend to be found in open woods and clearings, clustered together in groups of two to three plants. The flowers are small, with five white petals and a yellow centre. The leaves are grouped in threes with a thin branch trailing away. The berries are slightly smaller than contemporary garden strawberries, about the size of a pea. The wild strawberry is a mid-summer berry, becoming fully ripe in June. These berries are too juicy to dry or make berry cakes, as they will spoil during the process. The wild strawberry itself is quite nutritious, being a good source of vitamins C and A. Unlike those of many of the other berries mentioned, its leaves are also a source of nutrients, with a significant amount of vitamin C.

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(154.4 KB)Wild strawberry prior to blooming.
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