Strawberries have been famous since the beginning of history. Certain history books tell of people going on picnics and nature hikes to pick wild strawberries as far back as the 1850's - and that's only recorded history! Archaeological records also show that Native Americans who inhabited Long Island centuries ago were also fond of the sweet summertime fruit.
After the Civil War, farming on Long Island started to develop rapidly, a development that saw the wild strawberries being cultivated commercially for the first time. It certainly didn't hurt that the local farms were generally within a day’s journey from New York City. The popularity of the fresh fruit grew quickly and as time wore on, and suburbs and cars grew in prominence, roadside fruit stands began to pop up just about everywhere. These fruit stands are ubiquitous to Long Island to this day. A drive out into the countryside will take you past many such stands and the pick-your-own berry patches the region has become famous for.
Brew a pot today, smell the aromas of the green tea, natural flavorings and real strawberry and imagine yourself cruising through the countryside. This tea is perfect hot, and over ice!
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