Your supermarket probably has many types of apples: red ones, green ones, maybe even some yellow ones. But strawberries? They probably all look the same. Why can we buy many different apples, but only one type of strawberry?
Hundreds of years ago, European farmers mixed two different kinds of strawberries: the Chilean strawberry and the Virginia strawberry. The new hybrid strawberries grew to be large, sweet, and similar-looking. They looked very good at markets, so people bought them more. For these reasons, many farmers around the world started growing only this type of strawberry.
But the Chilean and Virginia strawberries still exist. So do other species of strawberry, such as the Alpine strawberry. They often grow in the wild instead of on farms, so many people call them “wild strawberries” today. Some people still grow them in gardens or on very small farms too.
If you ever see wild strawberries for sale, you should try them. They might be small and funny-looking. They might even be yellow or white instead of red. They all have very different, delicious flavors. You might like them even more than the ones at the supermarket!