The strawberry huller was invented by a woman named Lorraine Collett Petersen in 1948. Lorraine was working as a strawberry farmer in California when she realized that there had to be a more efficient way to remove the stems and leaves from strawberries. She came up with the idea of creating a simple tool that would allow her to quickly and easily remove the hulls without damaging the fruit.
Lorraine’s first prototype was made from a metal ice cream scoop with the handle cut off and a serrated edge added to the spoon. She used this tool to remove the hulls from her strawberries and found that it worked perfectly. She then began making her own strawberry hullers by hand using metal spoons and selling them to her fellow farmers.
The popularity of Lorraine’s strawberry huller soon spread beyond the farming community and into the homes of consumers. In the 1960s, a company called OXO International began manufacturing a plastic version of the strawberry huller based on Lorraine’s original design. Today, strawberry hullers are a common kitchen tool that can be found in most grocery stores and online retailers.