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Wimbledon and strawberries…

July 6th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

We are well into the first week of Wimbledon, and this year hasn’t disappointed so far as we’ve watched Murray go into the fourth round of this year’s competition with his victory over Seppi – and we are all rooting for our English lad to take home the trophy this year. Last year as we watched as our defending champion was knocked out of Wimbledon by Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. Novak Djokovic went on to win his second men's singles title at Wimbledon after a nail biting five-set final against Roger Federer.
 
Wimbledon is synonymous with strawberries and last year 23 tonnes of strawberries were consumed at Wimbledon which amounts to over 2 million individual berries. Costing around £2.50 per punnet.
 
We took these astonishing Strawberry facts from the FMC (catering) website:
 
·  When laid end-to-end, these berries would stretch almost 60km (37 miles), i.e. from Wimbledon to Reading
 
·  Strawberries like growing in relatively hardy conditions. They are mostly found in the wild in woodlands, adjacent to seashores or in rock screes at cool altitudes
 
·  They have adapted to a wide range of climates and can grow from northerly latitudes like Sweden to the middle of Africa
 
·  Each seed is genetically different from its neighbour
 
·  It takes approximately thirty days from being a flower to become a ripe fruit
 
·  Strawberries are very nutritious and contain:

  • nearly 5 times as much vitamin C as blackberries
  • twice the amount of vitamin C as grapefruit, mangos, nectarines or redcurrants
  • they are also high in phosphates and potassium
  • they are low in fat and rich in antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer
  • the acid in strawberries can whiten your teeth
  • 150g of strawberries contains only 45 calories
  • there are around 200 seeds in a single strawberry

 
Once this year’s Wimbledon is over it will take a large team of full-time staff to get the courts and ground ready for next year’s championship.
 
Source: FMC catering website