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May 18, 2011 Food 4 Comments

Here are some fun facts about STRAWBERRIES, compliments of the newsletter that accompanies my CSA — Eat With The Seasons. I learned a few new things today!

For those of you with a Lucky Supermarket nearby, strawberries are on sale this week! Buy 1 package, get 2 free. Stock up! I got six packages for the price of two, washed and cut them, and have them ready to go in the freezer for smoothies. Yum!

  • Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange. 8 berries contain 140% of the daily value! They are also a good source of folic acid, potassium and fiber.
  • Strawberry juice and honey will reduce inflammation or sunburn. Rub the mixture into the skin, and then rinse with warm water and lemon juice.
  • California grows 83% of the strawberries for the US, amounting to 1 billion pounds per year.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family, which is why they are so fragrant.
  • They can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks.
  • Strawberries, which are rich in Nitrate, increases blood flow to the muscles by 7%. This helps prevent muscle fatigue and makes exercise easier.
  • Strawberries are grown in every state in the US and every province in Canada.
  • Strawberries are not berries or fruit, they are the enlarged ends of the plant’s stamen.

Caryn gave me a bottle of dark chocolate balsamic vinegar for my birthday, so I’ve been slicing strawberries and drizzling a little of this over them for dessert. It’s even more delicious with vanilla ice cream. This is simple enough for any weeknight, and elegant enough to serve to friends. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries?

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  1. ohh I do love strawberries! I can’t wait until organic ones are available for a reasonable price!
    My very favorite way to eat them is to simply bite into a huge, juicy, ripe one mmmm mmm! I have had them with balsamic and even cider vinegar and sugar and they are amazing!
    So glad you visited me site, so that I could find yours, it looks lovely! 😛

  2. Let’s see… If I have too many, then margaritas and smoothies. If they are super sweet and juicy, plain. If they need some help dip once in sour cream, then once in brown sugar, and then eat! We’ve got lots of blossoms on our plants. Looking forward to berry season here :)

  3. Jane says:

    Oh where shall I begin? I LOVE strawberries and am quite sad when strawberry season comes to an end. I’ll eat stawberries in just about anything! I love them sliced on my morning bowl of granola and plain yogurt, in a smoothie or daiquiri, in homemade ice cream, strawberry/rhubarb pie, in a spinach salad, a big bowl of mixed fresh berries.

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