1. It all began with the pineapple strawberry. In 1714 a frenchman Amédée-François Frézier brought to his home country 5 bushes of Chilean strawberry whose berries impressed him by their size and aroma. But all the plants turned out to be female, and Frezier would not have seen any berries unless the Chilean strawberries were occasaionally pollinated by the Virginian strawberries. Due to this pollination the present-day form of pineapple strawberry appeared which are often called strawberries. Nowadays there are over 300 grades of strawberries.
2. Strawberry is an independent plant. The British refer to strawberry as the straw berries because the straw is laid under the bushes to prevent the berries from getting dirty.