At their peak in June and July, strawberries are the blushing beauty of summer. Like all berries, strawberries are packed full of nutrition: boasting more glow enhancing vitamin C than oranges, strawberries contain plenty of heart healthy potassium and fibre for only 46 calories per cup. The gorgeous red colour is your clue that strawberries contain powerful antioxidants, like cholesterol lowering anthocyanins and detoxifying ellagic acid. Strawberries have a low impact on blood sugar which makes them an ideal component of an anti-inflammatory diet.
Pickin’ Berries! Strawberries are highly perishable so for flavour and nutrients at their peak, pick your own! Local berries will keep for about 2 days. Be sure to keep them well chilled with hulls intact and only wash them just before serving. At the market, choose plump red shiny berries. To freeze, wash and pat dry and arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Transfer to a freezer bag to store for up to one year.
Did you know? Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family and the only fruit with external seeds.
Worried about pesticides? Strawberries are one of the “Dirty Dozen” so when you can, buy organic. Organic not an option? Rest assured, the benefits of eating strawberries outweighs any pesticide risk.
Learn more about the local crop and find a U-Pick near you at www.bcstrawberries.com