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Strawberries: Fruit of the Gods

Updated on January 2, 2018

Strawberries - Delicious & Nutritious

Strawberries are not only delicious to eat, but they are one of the most nutritious foods. They are rich in antioxidants and are a high source of Vitamin C. They also help lower cholesterol levels.

In ancient times strawberries were said to alleviate melancholy, inflam-mations and infections. Medical research has recently discovered that strawberries destroy cancer cells and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. Throughout the ages, people have sworn to their aphrodisiac powers. And that's just for starters.....

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Strawberries were associated with the Goddess Venus because of their heart like shape. They gained their reputation as an aphrodisiac because of the large number of seeds.

It has been said that if you break a strawberry in half and share it with someone you're interested in, that you'll fall in love.

Strawberries are believed to to enhance sensuality when shared with a partner. This holds true whether they are eaten plain, with whipped cream, as an accompaniment to champagne, or hand-dipped in chocolate.

Strawberries As An Aphrodisiac


Strawberries have gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac due to the shape, color, and the large number of tiny seeds symbolizing fertility. There are around 200 seeds on the outside of every strawberry and one seed in the middle.

Cold Strawberry Soup


A Cold Soup Made Out of Strawberries??!

In the French countryside, it was customary at one time to serve newlyweds a cold soup made from ripe red strawberries. The recipe for that soup is here.

Let me further introduce this delicious strawberry soup with the words of my mother, as this is her recipe:

"Those who find the notion of strawberry soup strange do not flinch at starting a meal with fruit juice or a fruit cup. This is as refreshing and delicious as it is beautiful. I like to serve it in glass bowls, ladling it at the table from a glass punch bowl garnished with fresh strawberries and strawberry leaves or fresh mint."



•2 quarts ripe strawberries, hulled

•1 cup sugar*

•2 cups water

•Grated rind of 1 orange

•Grated rind of 1 lemon

•Juice of 1 lemon

•2 cups Rhine or Moselle wine

•Whipped or sour cream


Wash, clean and drain strawberries. Mash or put through a blender and strain. Boil sugar and water together to form a thin syrup. Place strawberry juice and syrup in separate containers and refrigerate until they reach the same degree of coldness. Combine and add lemon juice, and wine. Add grated rinds and serve in chilled cups or bowls. Serves 10.

*I generally use 3/4 cup sugar, but I find it a matter of personal preference.

Strawberry: A Symbol of the Profane



In one of the most famous and enigmatic paintings of all time, "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516), the strawberry takes on another meaning. Bosch depicts the recurring strawberry as the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

Bosch's phantasmagoric painting has been written about and analyzed time and again, so I won't go into it here, other than to mention a few details regarding his depictions of giant strawberries.

On the right side of the painting, we see a group of figures plucking fruit from a tree. A man carries a large strawberry, while an owl looks on in the foreground.

Near the bottom of the painting, Bosch has depicted a huge ripe strawberry. One nude is lying over the giant fruit, while a couple stands nearby and contemplates a different fruit.

Red, ripe, larger than life and with hundreds of seeds is the way Bosch depicts the strawberry - a fitting portrayal of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden - responsible for man's exile from the Garden.

Strawberry & Chocolate Champagne Body Polish



ABC News 4,  02/2007

• 5 large fresh juicy strawberries pureed

• 1/4 cup cocoa powder

• 1 cup pure cane sugar

• 1/4 cup kosher salt

• 1/2 tsp. sweet almond oil

• 1/2 tsp. jojoba oil

• 1/2 tsp. vitamin E oil

• champagne

Mix together first four ingredients until well blended. Slowly add the three oils to reach consistency of paste. Add a splash of champagne and blend well.

In circular motions moving toward your heart, rub this polish on your legs, feet, arms, neck, chest and shoulders (avoiding face). Leave on for about 4 minutes and then rinse off. Your skin will look radiant! Enjoy!

Facts About Strawberries


Strawberries were cultivated in Italy as early as 200 BC. They were known to exist in ancient Rome and Italy. Virgil, Ovid, and Pliny the Elder wrote abut them. They were cultivated and considered medicinal in Rome in the 1300s and throughout Europe during the Middle Ages.

The strawberry was the symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart-like shape and red color.

In ancient times, strawberries were associated with fertility because of their large number of seeds.

They have been regarded as an aphrodisiac throughout the centuries.

Early American settlers found Native Americans growing strawberries as early as 1643. Native American Indians used to crush strawberries into a mortar, mixing them with cornmeal and making them into a strawberry cornbread. It is said that after the early American Colonists tried this bread, they developed their own version, and Strawberry Shortcake was invented.

In the town of Wepion, Belgium, known as strawberry capital of the world, there's a museum dedicated to the Strawberry.

There are over 20 named species of strawberries and there are many hybrids and cultivars.

The most common type of commercially grown strawberry is the cultivated Garden strawberry, which is a complex hybrid species that was developed over many years by crossing several species of wild strawberries.

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside. Then again, whether they are truly a fruit depends on whom you ask. Botanists regard the strawberry as a multiple fruit. Others regard it as the enlarged end of the plant's stamen e.g. a swollen stem, much like a rose hip.

Strawberries are members of the rose family.

Strawberries have been found to reduce cancer. Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have recently found that strawberries may protect the brain from the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

The United States is largest producer of strawberries.

A cup of sliced fresh strawberries has only 43 calories

Eight strawberries contain more Vitamin C than a medium sized orange.

Strawberries can be used as a natural food whitener, according to living You can read more at this website: Whiten Your Teeth the Natural Way.

In the 1931 herbal classic "A Modern Herbal," by M. Maude Grieve, Grieve writes about the importance of the strawberry as a beauty aid.

"A cut Strawberry rubbed over the face immediately after washing will whiten the skin and remove slight sunburn. For a badly sunburnt face it is recommended to rub the juice well into the skin, to leave it on for half an hour, and then wash off with warm water to which a few drops of simple tincture of benzoin have been added; no soap should be used."

When it comes to cleansing the skin, strawberries have amazing properties. They are rich in Vitamin C and folic acid, and this increases collagen production and makes the skin elastic. Strawberries also contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of impurities and dead cells, leaving it clean and soft.

The following recipes are guaranteed to cleanse and refresh your skin.



1/2 cup fresh strawberries, mashed

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon corn starch

Mix everything together into a smooth paste. Spread on your face and and leave it for 25-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry.



8 to 9 strawberries

2 tablespoons honey

Mash strawberries. Add honey and mix well. Spread over face. Leave on for 25-30 minutes and rinse with cool water. Note: This mask may be irritating for those with sensitive or sunburned skin.



*These amounts can be cut in half

1/2 cup strawberries

1 tablespoon cucumber juice

1 tablespoon Rose Water

Blend in small food processor or by hand. It should form a smooth paste. If the mixture is too runny, add some oatmeal to thicken (1 teaspoon at a time). Apply to your face. After 10 minutes, rinse well with cold water.

Strawberry & Honey Mask Facial - Simple, Natural, and Fresh


8-9 Strawberries

3 Tablespoons of honey

Mash the strawberries with a fork until you get a nice pulp.

Add 3 tablespoons of honey and mix.

Apply this natural strawberry mask to your face for 15 minutes and rinse!

The Sacred Nature of Strawberries



Author K. Lipffert writes about the strawberry in the 1964 book "Symbol-Fibel," ("A Primer of Symbols"). "It stood for noble thought and modesty, for although it is conspicuous by its color and fragrance, it nevertheless bows humbly to the earth."

The late Swiss herbalist, Johann Künzle, did extensive research and wrote about the strawberry. He says "the people of the middle ages saw in the three partitioned leaf a reminder of the Holy Trinity; the fruits, pointed downward, were the drops of blood of the Christ; and the five petals of the flower, His five wounds." (See "The Strawberry" from "The Strawberry: History, Breeding and Physiology" by G.M. Darrow, published 1966.)

We see a strong example of this in the 14th-15th Century illustration, "Christ with Book and Orb." In this illustration, individual strawberries form the border surrounding Christ. This artwork is from the sacred text "Liber Devotionis: Cursus de Eterna Sapientia."



by Shelley Wiseman, published in Gourmet Magazine 2008

Purée strawberries with sugar in a blender until smooth, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heavy saucepan.

Bring purée to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally (more frequently toward end), until thick enough to mound slightly and reduced to 1 to 1 1/4 cups, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 200°F with rack in middle. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick liner.

Pour hot purée onto liner and spread thinly (as evenly as possible) into a 15- by 10-inch rectangle using spatula. Dry purée in oven until it feels drier (it shouldn't stick to your fingers) but is still slightly tacky, 2 to 3 hours.

Cool on liner on a rack until completely dry, at least 3 hours and up to 24.

Place a sheet of parchment paper over leather, then peel leather off liner and roll up in parchment.

Cooks' note: Strawberry leather keeps in a sealed bag at room temperature 1 month. (recipe from

Why are they called "Strawberries?"


Because the strawberry plant's runners grow in all directions on the ground, they look like they are randomly thrown upon the ground. Until 1538, the Old English spelling "streoberise" or "strewberries" was used. "Strew" means "to throw."That name eventually changed to "strawberries."


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Allergic to Strawberries?!


Some people have had an allergic reaction to eating strawberries. The reason for this remained a mystery until recently, when Swedish biochemists identified the cause as a allergenic protein, which resembles that found in birch pollen. Interestingly, this same allergenic protein is linked to the beautiful red color found of our common garden strawberry. So if you love strawberries and you can't enjoy them because of allergic reactions, try eating the white ones. They don't contain the same allergic protein found in the red variety.

Interested in learning about growing strawberries?


Note: If you are interested in learning about growing strawberries or about their selection and care, please see these great lenses:
Growing Your Own Strawberries | White Alpine Strawberries

"Strawberry Fields Forever" written by John Lennon - This lens wouldn't be complete without a reference to John Lennon's beautiful song!


The song "Strawberry Fields Forever" was written by internationally famous singer, songwriter, and social activist John Lennon in 1967. It was named after the Strawberry Field orphanage in Woolton, England, a suburb of Liverpool.

John Lennon grew up near the orphanage and used to play in the woodlands behind it. John felt a growing comradery with the boys at Strawberry Field and it was there that Lennon was first inspired to be a musician.

Please see my lens on Strawberry Fields Forever for more information.

Strawberry Fields: Memorial to John Lennon



On what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, October 9th, 1985, Strawberry Fields (memorial) opened in New York City's Central Park. It was designed by architect Bruce Kelly and underwritten by artist and musician Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow.

The focal point of Strawberry Fields is a circular mosaic of inlaid stones sent in from countries all over the world. In the center is the word "IMAGINE" - John Lennon's plea to the world for peace.

Strawberry Fields is a living memorial to Lennon's life and vision. Named for the song "Strawberry Fields Forever," this 2.5 acre triangular piece of land has become a pilgrimage site for visitors around the world.

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      monarch13 4 years ago

      Very colorful, love it! Blessed

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      I love strawberries!

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      great elns!

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      runninragged 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I didn't like strawberries as a child, but now they are a staple in my fridge and freezer. I had no idea there was a white variety!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Great lens on my favorite fruit.

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      Emmeke 5 years ago

      "High five" I really love your lens! I did not know about strawberry mask, but I will try this out myself now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens. I like strawberries too. It's truly fruit of love and health. Thanks for sharing.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Love strawberries... cut some, earlier... going to go eat some, right now! ;-)

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      WOW! You sure did cover the strawberries! Great Lens! :)

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      Yummy strawberry lens - I'm looking forward to spring and strawberries!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Love the color scheme here, it's total Strawberry! We visited the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park 4 years ago when we were in New York. Back in Victorian times, the area where we live was a big strawberry growing area, all the produce being shipped to the fruit markets in London. There was a special railway line, named "The Strawberry Line" that ran through where the fields were, now gone of course, as well as the fields. There remains a walking trail "The Strawberry Trail" which is a lovely scenic walk through woods and over rivers. Excellent lens, blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is amazing, strawberries are fruits for God, no doubt they taste divine.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Thank you fotolady49, fugeecat, and jadp27! I didn't even know there was a National Strawberry Day! Shame on me. I'm going to add something about Strawberry Day to this lens!

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      jadp27 5 years ago

      great lens!! so much information..i would not have found yourr lens if not 4 d quest..

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I've never heard of strawberry soup. Great lens!

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      fotolady49 lm 5 years ago

      Just stopping by to tell you I just SquidLiked your lens for National Strawberry Day! Great lens and I'm bookmarking it and can't wait to read all of it and I already learned some new things about Strawberries :)

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: I'm happy you enjoyed it WeddingZazzle. And thank you for the blessings!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Love strawberries! Well done lens. SquidAngel blessings.

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      Aquavel 7 years ago

      Thanks so much everyone! BTW, I made the strawberry soup over the holidays. I forgot just how good it is! (And if you are put off by the concept of cold strawberry "soup," just serve it in glasses. It's as beautiful as it is delicious!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Yum! Yum! I love strawberries! Have to try these beauty treatments with fresh strawberries. Lensrolling to red fruits! :)

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      Maurice Glaude 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Very creative and great recipes. I've always wanted to try that strawberry soup. Now I have the recipe. Thanks.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Loving this lens.. had to come see what all the fuss was about ;) I was dragged here by a strawberry addict and I am so glad he did that. We love to share strawberries, and now I know why. This is beautiful!

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      I just had to come back here....I am drawn to the power of the strawberry. Aphrodisiac or not....they are devilishy fun. Fact is, I have a partner in crime when it comes to strawberries, Feeding her the fruit is .....well.........heaven.

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      JoeTedesco 8 years ago

      Very cool and original. Welcome

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      What a great lens...informative and very nicely presented. 5-starring, favoriting and rolling it to my Laftovers and Best Buds lenses where your strawberries will rub elbows with my funny food & drink and gardening magnets. Also, joining your FC.

      Thank you very much for your earlier visit! Best, Tom

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Strawberries! My absolute favorite fruit! Thanks for tons of info about this luscious piece of heaven. My grandmother used to grow strawberries, but is no longer able to care for a large garden, so no more strawberries. I refuse to buy strawberries in the store, because they are awful, but I'm moving to the country this summer, and strawberries are the first thing I'm planting!

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      Thanks Everyone, for your outstanding support and your great comments!

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      MrMarmalade 8 years ago

      This is a great lens as I like Strawberries.

      Printed our the strawberry soup. will make within the month.(Going on holidays)

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      What a tasty and well laid out lens. Just love strawberrys. When in season we go and pick them at a local farm where there are fields of them. Perfect!


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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Wow!....I LOVE strawberries and will eat them like candy. The power that a single berry holds is astounding ;)

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      3dMooNMaN 8 years ago

      We 3 wanted to say hi ! So we stoped by ! Looks Yummy in here ! May I order 55 baskets please ?

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Great lens! I love the strawberry background you have.

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      3dMooNMaN 9 years ago

      Super Fantastic !!!!!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Merry Christmas from the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to poutine & ElizabethJeanAllen] Thanks for your feedback Poutine! Elizabeth, thanks for the welcome to your group!

      I love Strawberry Soup. It's actually no stranger than serving a fruit drink. And you can always serve it in cups or mugs as an appetizer (then you don't have to think of it as a "soup," which is a stumbling block for a number of people.) I find it delicious, whichever way it is served.

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      poutine 9 years ago

      So much information on strawberries.

      But a strawberrie soup? That sounds weird!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      What an awesome group you all are! THANK YOU!!!!

      To NightBear (cute name!), I gave lots of info EXCEPT on how to grow them! ;-) For that, check the module "Interested in learning about growing strawberries?" for links to great Strawberry growing lenses.

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      nightbear lm 9 years ago

      I've tried to grow strawberries every year and every year, the birds in the back yard thank me. Oh well....great information, a lot of it!!!!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Strawberries are my favorite fruit unfortunately the Woodchucks like to eat them from my garden.

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      flutestar123 lm 9 years ago

      Nice lens! I love eating strawberries.

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      Cynthia Davis 9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Interesting and artistically done lens. Now, I'm hungry for strawberries!

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      Gordon N Hamilton 9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Wonderfully colourful, informative and interesting lens. I used to love strawberries as a child but reading your page has got me wondering how many years it must be since I ate them. I'll have to do something about that!

      A very warm welcome to the Healthier Eating Options group.

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great job on this lens! Yum...Strawberries!

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      Pumpkin13 9 years ago

      Wonderful job on this lens.

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to go206th, Pantherart, awakeningwellness, michelledurakis, blue22d, chefkeem, Caseyfern] Your comments are welcomed and cherished. A HUGE THANK YOU!

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      blue22d 9 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea that one could do so much with strawberries. This is an excellent site and lots of good cooking ideas. Five stars and a lensroll.

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      michelledurakis 9 years ago

      wow great lens , i loved it , i love strawberries , and your lens was so colorfull and eye popping

      and full of great info on strawberries. 5* i wish i could make my lens as eye popping as yours.

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      awakeningwellness 9 years ago

      This is a delightful lens and so visual! You have some very interesting information here...I will have to try the soup. *****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very nice lens a great design you did a wonderful job and you have earned these 5*****

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      go206th 9 years ago

      what a wonderful, informative lens. You have packed it full of GREAT information. I love strawberries. 5* Thank you for joining Squidoo Traffic Exchange 2

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this beautiful lens! 5* :)

      I love strawberries, but not the one to be found in large grocery stores. I get tasty ones at the local farmers market. What a difference!

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      Casey van B 9 years ago

      Fun lens. Welcome to Lensmaster Soup

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino & 3dMooNMaN]

      Thank you KimGiancaterino & 3dMooNMaN!

      ~ You've inspired me!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      This is one of the most beautiful food lenses I've ever seen. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      3dMooNMaN 9 years ago

      No Way ! You have a page about Strawberries !!!! Favorite ! Favorite ! you know that I LOVE BERRIES and so do "We 3" right ??? This Super Double Coolness you know !!! So much to read ! Soooo much ! Your Squidoo lens's are GREAT !!!!

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to RinchenChodron] Thanks for the thumbs up RinchenChodron! I hope you like the strawberry soup as much as I do!

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens ***** I will have to try the strawberry soup recipe. I eat strawberries everyday to get the potassium and they are yummie!

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to Music-Resource] Take as many bites as you want. Your HTML lens helped me immeasurably.

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hi Aquavel: Love the Strawberry colored text and back grounds. Took a bite out of your lens. I figured it would just grow back so hope you don't mind! ~Music Resource~

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and for your great feedback, Squidtwo (Veronica) & Portable_eBay!

      ~Regarding Portable's question as to whether or not strawberries can be fried, here are two recipes for Fried Strawberries, both from restaurants. I haven't tried them myself. If you do make them, please let us know what you think!

      Recipe 1 for Fried Strawberries

      Recipe 2 for Fried Strawberries

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      MatCauthon 9 years ago

      Can strawberries be fried? We have some strawberries but I think I'll be killed if I experiment on them... being rare. 5*

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      squidtwo 9 years ago

      Very informative and attractive lens! Wonderful job! Polishing your stars for you.

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to tennisbum] That's true, Tennisbum! Thanks for your feedback!

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      tennisbum 9 years ago

      Strawberries are unique because it's actually the seeds that are the fruit of the plant, and those seeds are on the outside. Interesting lens. 5 stars!