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Benefits and Caring Tips of Strawberries

Updated on April 13, 2013
I remember the strawberries my father used to grow in his garden.  It took a lot of patience for them to appear, but once they did, it was rewarding to see them, pick them, and ultimately eat them!
I remember the strawberries my father used to grow in his garden. It took a lot of patience for them to appear, but once they did, it was rewarding to see them, pick them, and ultimately eat them!

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.

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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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    anglnwu 

    5 years ago

    Thanks for the useful tips on how to keep the strawberries longer and fresher. I'm going to remember that. Rated up.

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    Cathy 

    6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Phoebe, thanks much!

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    Phoebe Pike 

    6 years ago

    A very interesting and informative hub. Awesome work as always!

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    molometer 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    I just love strawberries. You could say I was a strawberry fool lol Voted up and interesting.

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    Ron Hawkster 

    6 years ago from United States of America

    Is being a "strawberriophile" illegal? I just want to know before I admit to being one.

    This was such a delicious hub I just had to have a handful after reading it. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

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    Cathy 

    6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Teaches, thanks very much for your comment. I just love looking at them because my favorite color is red.

    Victoria, thanks a lot for stopping by! It really is interesting what we learn about the contents of all the fruits we consume.

    Pamela, I quite agree. No matter what time of day, we can peruse the hubs for any topic of interest.

    Lastheart, good to know that strawberries are helping you!

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    Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

    6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

    This means that strawberries is what is keeping up my good health.

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 

    6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    This is absolutely helpful information -- none of which I knew before. Where else can we learn such great stuff at midnight -- but at Hubpages? I really enjoyed this hub. Voted up, useful and sharing.

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    Victoria Lynn 

    6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Great tips! I didn't know that only a few could have as much vitamin C as an orange. Nice hub. Great photos, too.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    Love the bowl of strawberries photo. I can't eat them but they are so yummy looking and healthy for a body. It does make sense to watch where you store them, refrigeration is not always good from fruits.

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    Cathy 

    6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    shiningirl and writer20, thanks very much for your comments! Have a great week! Make strawberry treats for July 4!

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    Great helpful hub, thank you.

    Voted up, useful and interesting, Joyce.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 

    6 years ago from Upstate, New York

    So glad to know that one of my favorite treats brings with it wonderful added benefits as well as a fabulous eating adventure!

    Thanks for the informative tips in storing them. I hadn't realized storing them in the fridge reduced their flavor as well as positive tips on using a paper towel.

    Although I tend to eat them and don't usually have to worry about storing them.

    voting up - very useful

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