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10 Super Health Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberry Nutrition

Strawberries are considered one of the healthiest fruits. They are packed with antioxidants, lower blood pressure and protect your heart. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, they are also sodium, cholesterol and fat free.

There are 54 calories in 1 cup of strawberries (sliced, 166g) which is 1/3 the amount of calories in a banana.

Read more about Strawberry Nutrition and Calories

We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel. – Golda Meir

Cautions for some people:

Oxalates which are commonly found in animals, plants, human beings and of course, strawberries. When oxalates become too concentrated in our body fluids they are crystalized, causing serious health problems.

People with existing and untreated gallbladder or kidney problems may want to avoid having strawberries. Research shows that oxalates may interfere with the absorption of calcium in our body. But more in-depth research is needed to prove this.

History of Strawberries

Strawberries have grown wild throughout the world for a long time.

  • 234 B.C – There’s evidence that strawberries grew wild in Italy.
  • 1300 – France began cultivating strawberries for use as a medicinal herb.
  • 1400 – European monks start using strawberries for their illuminated manuscripts.
  • 1500s – Cultivation of the strawberry became more common. People began using it for its supposed medicinal properties.
  • 1588 – Strawberries were discovered in Virginia by the first Europeans when their ships landed there.
  • 1643 – Early settlers in Massachusetts enjoyed eating strawberries grown by local American Indians who cultivated strawberries.
  • Late 18th century – First garden strawberry was grown in France.
  • 1835 – First American strawberries were cultivated.
  • 1900’s – California began growing strawberries and now produces 80 percent of the strawberries in the U.S., amounting to one billion pounds of strawberries a year!

Fun and Interesting Facts about Strawberries

  • Folklore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  • There are more than 600 varieties of strawberries that differ in flavor, size and texture.
  • Strawberry designs are carved in medieval stone masons as the sign of perfection and righteousness. These designs are often carved on altars or around the top pillars in cathedrals and churches.
  • The strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because it’s often heart-shaped and has a rich, red color.
  • Madame Tallien, known as the pronounced figure at the court of Emperor Napoleon, was popular for bathing in the strawberry juice of 22 pounds of strawberries.
  • Legend has been told that strawberries were named by English children who picked, strung it on grass straws and sold them as “straws of berries.”
  • Strawberries belong to the family of rose, along with apples and plums.
  • Strawberries are not classified as berries. Blueberries and raspberries have seeds inside while strawberries have their seeds outside.
  • Strawberries were once thought to be an aphrodisiac and were served in soups to newlyweds in 13th century France.
  • Ancient Romans used strawberries to alleviate symptoms of fainting, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, halitosis, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  • At Wimbledon each year, strawberries and cream are eaten between tennis matches by properly attired English.

How to Buy Strawberries

Buy ORANIC STRAWBERRIES! If I cannot find or afford organic strawberries I eat another fruit instead.

Do not buy inorganic strawberries. Nearly 60 different pesticides have been found on strawberries. Strawberries are always one of the top EWG’s Dirty Dozen Foods. The abundant fungus on strawberries prompts farmers to spray, and pesticide residue remains on berries sold even at farmers markets. Strawberries are the most chemically intensive crop in California.

Now, here is what to look for once you have found organic strawberries.

For full nutrition and flavour buy fresh strawberries. They need to be firm, plump, have a deep red color, and have green caps and with a light fragrance.

Strawberries, once picked, do not ripen further so do not pick those that are dull in color or have green or yellow patches because they will be sour.

Small strawberries are sweeter and more flavorful. Eat your strawberries as soon as possible.

If buying strawberries in a pack, check the package to make sure that there are no signs of mold. Even if there is one molded strawberry do not buy them. Research has shown that molds are linked to health problems, and even cancer. Fruits and vegetables with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface.

How to Store Strawberries

It’s best to consume strawberries as soon as you harvest or purchase them. Keeping them in the refrigerator will not improve their quality.

  • They should be kept in a room temperature for a few hours. Anthocyanin, which is responsible for the red color of strawberries, is heat sensitive. This is the reason strawberries brown in warm temperatures.
  • Unwashed strawberries should be stored loosely, cover with plastic wrap and should be placed on the coldest part of your refrigerator for about two days maximum as they lose nutrients quickly.
  • Only wash strawberries when ready to consume as they easily perish. To wash strawberries, place them in a colander and rinse them under running cold water. Do not soak them for they will lose their color and flavor. Do not remove their caps until after you have washed the berries
  • If you want frozen strawberries; wash them gently, let them dry and remove the caps. Place them on a cookie sheet and freeze. Place them in a ziplock bag once frozen. Make sure to suck out all the air and seal. You may keep them in your freezer up to six months.

How to grow strawberries

Every June and July when strawberries appear in the gardens and the farmers markets of Canada, I am reminded of when I grew a large patch in England. One year I picked 30 pounds.  Now, I have a little strawberry patch in my garden that I have been eating strawberries every day for two weeks.

Learn how to grow your own strawberries: How To Grow Strawberries

How to Enjoy Strawberries


As if you need to be told!

It’s easiest to simply wash and eat them. Yum!
Or, put them in fruit salads.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Strawberry Jam Sugar and pectin free.

Strawberry Crumble Sugar free, gluten free and dairy free

Strawberry MilkShake A classic!

Strawberry Peach Green Smoothie This is a great snack or breakfast.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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4:34AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thanks

8:14PM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Homegrown strawberries are great.

2:40PM PDT on Sep 29, 2014

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12:28AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

3:34PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

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11:02PM PDT on Sep 12, 2014

I love strawberries and after reading this article, I'm going to start eating them much more for all of their terrific health benefits!

8:25PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Strawberries are delicious. It is great to enjoy a food with so many health benefits.

9:31AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Got it!

12:58AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Hard to believe that something I love to eat is so good for me! Fresh strawberries rock!

1:24PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thank you for the information.

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We do the fruit studded with cloves every year, beautiful and smells so nice, we roll a few in cinna…

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All good ideas, thanks for sharing.

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