Strawberries are one of the most popular, refreshing, and healthy treats available. The 600 varieties of strawberries found today stem from five to six original wild species and are a member of the rose family. The sweet, slightly tart berries rank among the top 10 fruits for antioxidant content. California leads the world in strawberry production, but Florida, North Carolina, and other locations produce many tons of harvested berries annually. The Florida Strawberry Festival is held every year in Plant City. It is an 11 day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival and of course its strawberry shortcake.

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