Strawberry

Health Benefits:

  • Contain phytonutrients that are possibly responsible for anti-inflammatory benefits
  • May play a role in reducing total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels
  • Polyphenols found in strawberries may play a role in keeping blood glucose levels in check.

Nutrition Information:

Season:

  • The greatest harvest comes in late spring & lasts through the beginning of late autumn

Choose:

  • Bright red, shiny, and plump
  • Avoid soft spots, mold, or white shoulders
  • At farmers markets look for organic or heirloom varieties which are especially flavorful and sweet

Store:

  • Most agree that after two days of storage time, strawberries will begin losing their vitamin C and antioxidant content.
  • Keep in an air-tight container in the fridge & avoid washing until directly before use
  • If you notice any mold on any of the strawberries, be sure to remove those prior to storing
  • Eat within 3-5 days
  • To freeze, wash & hull, place on a plate to dry, put the plate in the freezer, and once frozen transfer them to a sealed container or freezer bag for up to 2 months

Cook:

  • Make a strawberry salsa by adding pineapple, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and sugar
  • Puree and add lemon juice and maple syrup or honey if berries are tart for a quick sauce to go with yogurt or waffles
  • Combine with balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar to make balsamic strawberries
  • Grill on skewers by adding some brown sugar

References:

  • Mora, Kati. (2014, June 24). “Kati Mora: It’s officially berry season in mid-Michigan.” Retrieved from http://www.themorningsun.com/lifestyle/20140624/kati-mora-its-officially-berry-season-in-mid-michigan
  • “Happiness.” Prevention. August 2014. 99.
  • Young, Grace. “Berry, Berry Good.” Weightwatchers. May/June 2016. 69-70.
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