(Master from the Upper Rhine (1410-1420) Author of the Paradise Garden)
WILD STRAWBERRY – Designated as the fruit of the Virgin Mary and of
blessed souls in heaven. They are depicted growing in the grass beneath
Mary’s feet in paintings by Jan Van Eyck. The strawberry was also called
‘Fruitful Virgin’ because it has both flowers (white) and fruit on the plant
at the same time, representing the twin attributes of purity and
Strawberries are one of my dear children's most adored fruits of the season. I am going to remind them to think of Mary' purity and fruitfulness next time they have some.