Strawberry season, at last!

imgres At last the sun is out and the luscious red fruit is ready. To buy and eat, pick your own, or, grow your own. Like nearly all fruit the freshest, ripest, strawberries are the best, and rarely found in the supermarket where shelf life is more important than taste. So here are a few strawberry facts.

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring

Most supermarket strawberries are the El Santa variety specially bred to be picked before ripe and last a long time on the shelf.

Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championshipsimages

Wimbledon may have 64 player, seeds, in the competition, there are about 200 seeds on every strawberry?

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside

A 100g serving of strawberries contains just 50 calories – 0g of fat!

Strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

The BigBarn local food map

The BigBarn local food map

They are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

Also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry’s red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries.

Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, 140% of our daily recommended amount.

Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.

The strawberry and raspberry plants, are members of the rose family.
Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.

Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.

Some fantastic reasons to enjoy strawberries this summer. Find your local producers and Pick Your Owns using our local food map, or some plants to grow and produce fruit every year.


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