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Strawberries: Fruit of the Gods
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
AN APHRODISIAC COMMON TO ALL
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
FOR NEWLYWEDS, STRAWBERRY LOVERS, & FOR ALL WHO LIKE FINE FOOD
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
BOSCH DEPICTS THE STRAWBERRY AS A SYMBOL OF LUST & INDULGENCE
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
YOUR SKIN WILL LOOK & FEEL RADIANT
STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE CHAMPAGNE BODY POLISH
ABC News 4,Â 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
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
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE STRAWBERRY?
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 health.com. 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.
A STRAWBERRY FACIAL
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.
STRAWBERRY FACIAL MASK
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.
STRAWBERRY FACIAL TONER*
*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
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
STRAWBERRIES WERE USED AS A SYMBOL IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY
STRAWBERRY: A SYMBOL OF THE SACRED
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."
STRAWBERRY TREATS: DELICIOUS FRUIT LEATHER
RECIPE FOR STRAWBERRY FRUIT LEATHER
♥ STRAWBERRY TREATS: DELICIOUS FRUIT LEATHER
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 200Â°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 epicurious.com)
Why are they called "Strawberries?"
THE WORD "STRAWBERRY" COMES FROM AN OLD ENGLISH WORD MEANING "TO STREW."
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?!
THE STRAWBERRY ALLERY IS LINKED TO A PROTEIN FOUND IN RED 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?
"Strawberry Fields Forever" written by John Lennon - This lens wouldn't be complete without a reference to John Lennon's beautiful song!
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER: THE 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
CENTRAL PARK (ACCESS AT WEST 72ND STREET), NEW YORK CITY
STRAWBERRY FIELDS: THE JOHN LENNON MEMORIAL
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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