Strawberry Facts

* One cup of strawberries has only 55 calories. * 8 medium strawberries contain 140% of the U.S.RDA for With such an excellent source of vitamin C, it’s no wonder why the antioxidants that are found in strawberries have been known to be important for the immune system and skin health. Research also shows that individuals who eat strawberries on a regular basis have higher blood levels of folate, vitamin C and phytonutrients, and a higher intake of fiber than those who don’t eat strawberries. * Strawberries also contain iron, copper, magnesium, * Research have found that strawberries are an important part of a healthy diet. Eating just one serving of strawberries, which equals to about eight (medium) strawberries per day, may help improve heart health, lower the risk of developing some cancers and lower blood pressure. * The heart-healthy and anti-cancer power of organic strawberries comes from their phytonutrient content, while the potassium in strawberries helps maintain normal blood pressure. * So, it appears researchers have concluded that including strawberries in your diet might just help you achieve and maintain a lowered risk for developing certain diseases. * Strawberries are very high in water, so their total carb content is very low (less than 12 grams of carbs per cup). below. * Strawberries the only fruit with its seeds on the outside. In fact each berry can average 200 seeds. * It only takes strawberries 3 days to complete their cycle of turning from green to white to red. * Strawberry is a hybrid of two wild strawberry species from North America and Chile. Strawberries are among the most popular berries consumed worldwide. As a wild fruit, strawberries are native to regions of the earth known as "temperate" regions. These regions include most of Europe, Asia, North America, and the lower half of South America, including Chile. Not only do strawberries grown wide throughout these many regions of the world, they have also been cultivated for hundreds of years. In the United States, which is the world's largest commercial producer of strawberries at approximately 3 billion pounds per year, strawberry varieties are often divided by growers into categories like "early season," "mid-season," "late-season," "June-bearing," or "day neutral" (which typically produce during July, August, and September). Another popular variety is "everbearing," which contrary to its name, typically bears fruit 2–3 times per year in different seasons. * When you find them on sale (organic) stock-up, wash & freeze them for future use so you don’t pay top dollar later! Frozen strawberries are great for smoothies, jams, and puréed dishes, ice-cream, yogurts to name a few. * Strawberries are one of my absolute favorite fruits. In fact when not at its peak or hard to find I be been known to pay a good penny for this amazing, juicy, bursting with flavor berry. So many fantastic recipes and ways to enjoy berries...mix them up, eat them sole...but make sure you eat them! Dress-up your salads, have them over just about anything from bruschetta recipes to strawberry’s on very versatile fruit that can be enjoyed solo, paired, mixed, frozen, cooked, or topped...make sure you at least try this elegant appetizer-super easy and extremely addicting!  

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