Strawberry Patent Rights, Forever

Strawberry Patent Rights, Forever

Ripe strawberries define lusciousness.  Fragile, with fleeting taste, these heart-shaped berries inspired Shakespeare’s pen: “The strawberry grows underneath the nettle; and wholesome berries thrive and ripen best; neighbour’d by fruit of baser quality.”[1]  Regarded as an aphrodisiac in provincial France, newlyweds were served strawberry soup.