(Fragaria vesca) Wild or alpine strawberries are native to Europe and have been appreciated since the Stone Age. The fruit is small compared to modern cultivated types, but the intense flavor tends to be very rich, and they are super sweet. Germination of the tiny seeds is actually easy in proper conditions. Growth may start out slowly, as the seeds are so tiny, but the plants are very hardy. A harvest may be had the first year from an extra-early indoor sowing. Cold stratification speeds germination. Ideal germination temperature is 65-75F. Seeds germinate in 7-36 days. Surface sow seeds and cover with a very fine sprinkling of soil as light aids germination. Alternatively you can direct sow the seeds right around the time of last frost. Space plants 12 inches apart. Though they seldom make runners, wild strawberries may be multiplied easily by dividing the plants in fall or spring. They also are ever-bearing, yielding throughout the season. The berries are very high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, and they taste so good!