It’s National Strawberry Month!
I am a fan of the strawberry and I am glad to hear that there is a month that honors it.
The Facts You May Not Know About Strawberry
I love that there are so many things that we can do with strawberries.
Having strawberries in the freezer makes it convenient when I want to add some to a smoothie or make a slushie with them.
Did you know that strawberries first grew in the wild before becoming a fixture gardens?
Did you know…
Strawberries are tasty and healthy for us and here is why.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- The perfect strawberry is in the shape of a heart.
- The less than perfect strawberry can be just as tasty and good as the heart shaped one.
- 1 cup of strawberries has about 50 Calories
- 1 cup of strawberries has about 1 gram Protein
- 1 cup of strawberries has about 11.65 grams Carbohydrates
- 1 cup of strawberries has about 3.81 grams Dietary Fiber
- 1 cup of strawberries has about 23.24 mg Calcium.
- There is also iron and other nutrients in the strawberry.
- 70% of a strawberry’s roots are located in the top three inches of soil.
- Strawberries are generally the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
- There is a museum located in Belgium just for strawberries.
- The flavor of a strawberry is is a reflection of the weather, the variety of the strawberry and stage of ripeness when harvested.
- There are on average 200 seeds in a strawberry.
- 94% of United States households consume strawberries.
- The average American consumes just under 5 pounds of strawberries per year.
- Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and also in every province of Canada.
- California produces 75% of the nation’s strawberry crops.
- California produces over a billion pounds of strawberries every year.
- Each acre of land in California in strawberry production produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries annually.
- Strawberries contain about 113% of the suggested amount of vitamin C to consumer per day (that is more than citrus fruit)
- Experts say that the strawberry is a member of the rose family and it not a fruit or a berry. It is the enlarged receptacle of the flower.
- When shopping for strawberries, choose berries that are firm, plump, free of mold, and which have a shiny, deep red color and attached green caps.
- To freeze strawberries, gently wash them and then pat them dry. Removal of the cap is not necessary.
- Florida is second to California in production.
- It is recommended that strawberries should not be washed until right before eating or using in a recipe. Do not remove their caps and stems until after you have gently washed them under cold running water.
- Strawberries are porous and should not be soaked in water.
How do you like your strawberries?
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