What make strawberries one of the “Dirty Dozen?” Let’s take a look under the microscope.


As the summer sun dips below the horizon, signaling the end of my cherished "strawberry fields forever" season, I can't help but feel a twinge of nostalgia. Just the other day, a coworker returned from a delightful lakeside getaway, bearing a basket of juicy, ruby-red strawberries. We all gathered 'round, indulging in the sweet, sun-kissed delight that defines summer.


You know, there's this quirky belief that strawberries might secretly house tiny, undiscovered critters – a notion that's always tickled my fancy. I must admit, in the past, I'd pluck a berry right from the patch and take a bite, unable to resist their tantalizing allure. But this time, armed with my trusty uHandy lo-mag microscope, I decided it was high time for a thorough investigation. Join me on this voyage of discovery as we unveil the microscopic secrets hidden within these delectable gems!


Peering through the Lo-Mag Lens

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

How to Observe Simply remove the mini petri dish on the lo-mag lens and bring it close to the strawberry for a revealing look!

Key Observation Features:

Zoom in to catch a glimpse of aphids discreetly camouflaging among the surface of strawberry seeds, revealing their presence only to the keen eye of a microscope. (After this eye-opening discovery, I must confess, I now think twice before snacking on strawberries without a thorough wash!



Unlocking Strawberry Cell Secrets under Hi-Mag Lens

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

How to Observe:

  1. Use tweezers to delicately peel off a section of the strawberry's skin and place it on the circular slide.

  2. Secure it with a sampling sticker.

  3. With bated breath, explore the world of strawberry cells using the hi-mag lens

Key Observation Features:
Take a dive into the see-through skin of a strawberry, where you won't find any chloroplasts. It's a microscopic world we tend to miss out on.

Back in the day, a lot of folks used to say strawberries could get a little 'gritty,' and I wasn't entirely convinced. But when I saw those little bugs on 'em, well, let's just say it was a real 'OMG' moment, and there was a whole bunch of 'em having a little shindig on those berries! That’s probably why strawberries are considered one of the Dirty Dozen. Looks like I'm gonna have to start packing a lo-mag lens for my strawberry-pickin' trips from now on, y'all!