Delicious Strawberry Facts, Tips, and Recipe
Delicious, sweet and yet subtly tart, strawberries have been a favorite fruit of people’s for many years. Even kids love them, over 53% of seven to nine year olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit. The sweet and juicy texture of strawberries is what keeps you going back for more. Not only are strawberries tasty but they’re also healthy - packed with nutrients and antioxidants.
Strawberries are low in calories and fat but are high in chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Studies have shown that consuming berries that contain these may have potential to prevent against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases. Strawberries contain minerals such as potassium (which can help control heart rate and blood pressure), manganese, fluorine, copper (aids in producing red blood cells), iron and iodine. Strawberries are also a great source for vitamins, including vitamins C, B and A to keep your body healthy.
Unfortunately strawberries do not last very long in the refrigerator. Next time you buy strawberries, try this tip to keep them lasting longer:
- Mix 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water
- Soak your strawberries for about 2 minutes in the mixture and then drain.
Strawberry Salsa? You Betcha!
Instead of tomatoes in your salsa, use fresh strawberries! Try this easy recipe to brighten up your chilly winter day:
1 cup diced strawberries
1 cup diced mango
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Juice of 1 lime
Mix all ingredients and serve
So next time you’re at the store, don’t hesitate to grab some strawberries for your health, to eat at your leisure or to try this fun recipe!