Benefits and Caring Tips of Strawberries
Vitamins Found in Strawberries
According to the California Strawberry Commission, strawberries provide us with the following strong elements:
- Approximately eight strawberries which are considered to be a serving provide as much Vitamin C as one orange;
- The fiber contained in a strawberry assists in lowering heart disease;
- Blood pressure can be affected with the potassium in strawberries;
- Strawberries are very high in antioxidants; and
- Folate (also referred to as folic acid) helps affect the growth of health tissue and the functionality of cells.
Also, as you observe from biting into a strawberry, it has a low sugar content. Other vitamins found in strawberries include Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin A helps skin and bones. Vitamin D, which we also receive from the sun is plentiful in strawberries. Vitamin E affects our red blood cells and acts as a helper in absorbing Vitamin K which is also found in strawberries.
Strawberries also contain Vitamins B1, B2 and B6, as well as minerals such as manganese, copper, and zinc.
Should You Keep Strawberries in the Refrigerator?
When we buy strawberries, we generally put them in the refrigerator until we're ready to eat them. I was taught to do so leaving the stem intact so it would last longer. While it is true they will last longer, the taste is affected if we leave them in the refrigerator for several days. When you buy strawberries and you plan on eating them fresh, just wash them as soon as you get home and eat them right away. If you cut them up, store them in an air tight container and consume sooner than later. I have also heard that in addition to leaving them stemmed, do not wash them until they are ready to be consumed. One good tip is to place your strawberries straight from the market into a jar you can seal with its lid and they will last up to a week.
I have also read that if you store them in a plastic container, lay a white paper towel in the bottom with a single layer of strawberries on top. Allegedly, too, if you mix one part vinegar to 9 parts water rinsing the strawberries, that the vinegar will rid of any mold spore which promotes longevity, and you could store them in an open container for one to two weeks. I have not tried this method yet personally, but it makes believable sense.
The Best Traditional Strawberry Dessert
There are so many wonderful recipes that call for strawberries. My mother used to make a very good strawberry bread. The best dessert by tradition is strawberry shortcake which includes homemade pound cake warm from the oven. Once cooled, slice it and top with homemade whipped cream. Then, pile on the sliced strawberries! My father used to slice the strawberries and let them soak in sugared water for a few hours first. The best.
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