The strawberry was adopted as the official state fruit of Louisiana twice!
Act No. 432 of 1980 declared that:
"There shall be an official state fruit. The official state fruit shall be the peach in 1980, the watermelon in 1981, the fig in 1982, the strawberry in 1983, the peach in 1984, the orange in 1985, the tomato in 1986, and the cantaloupe in 1987."
The strawberry served one term, one year, as official state fruit in 1983.
Louisiana was technically without an official state fruit beginning in 1988.
This was all remedied in 2001 when Governor Mike Foster signed legislation declaring the "Louisiana strawberry" the one and only official state fruit on May 21, 2001
The following information was excerpted from the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 49, Section 49:166.
TITLE 49 State administration
RS 49:166 State fruit
§166. State fruit
There shall be an official state fruit. The official state fruit shall be the Louisiana strawberry. Its use on official documents of the state and with the insignia of the state is hereby authorized.
Added by Acts 1980, No. 432, §1; Acts 2001, No. 10, §1.
Revised Statutes. Louisiana State Legislature. 2009. 27 March 2009 <http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?folder=75>
2001 Regular Legislative Session (House Bill No. 70). Louisiana State Legislature. 2009. 27 March 2009. <http://www.legis.state.la.us/archive/01rs/01rs.htm>
Fragaria L. (Strawberry): USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 27 March 2009). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Fragaria L.: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Fragaria spp. (Strawberry): CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.
State Fruit: Complete list of official state fruit.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Louisiana state symbols.
Website: Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish - "Strawberry Capital Of the World" (by City Ordinance).
Website: Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.
Website: Louisiana Strawberry Marketing Board.
Strawberries: How to grow strawberries from the resource libraries at Garden Guides.
Strawberries: Organic Production: This publication provides an overview of organic strawberry production methods, covering integrated pest management and weed control techniques. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
Grow the Best Strawberries: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-190, by Louise Riotte. 32 pages. Storey Publishing, LLC; Rev Upd edition (January 10, 1998) Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins contain practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. From traditional skills to the newest techniques, Storey's Bulletins provide a foundation of earth-friendly information for the way you want to live today.
Strawberries, by J. F. Hancock. 237 pages. CABI (February 17, 2000) Product Description Similar to other books in this series, this volume provides a broad scientific review of strawberries and their production methods. Written for growers and home gardeners, it covers all aspects, from taxonomy, distribution, and morphology to fruit ripening, storage, and processing.
Totally Strawberries Cookbook, by Helene Siegel, Karen Gillingham. 95 pages. Celestial Arts (April 1999) Not usually considered to be the most versatile of ingredients and virtually restricted to desserts, strawberries served Siegel-style confound the experts once again! Don't miss her Spinach, Walnut, Citrus, and Strawberry Salad or her Savory Salsa with Red Peppers, Red Onions, Cucumbers, Chiles, and Strawberries.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. 464 pages. Penguin Press HC, The (April 11, 2006) The bestselling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the twenty-first century
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan. 256 pages. Penguin Press HC, The (2008) In looking toward traditional diets the world over, as well as the foods our families-and regions-historically enjoyed, we can recover a more balanced, reasonable, and pleasurable approach to food. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.
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