STRAWBERRIES: NATURE’S KISSES
HALE AND HEALTHY by Salmeen Salem
All you need to know about this fruit!
This Unique Fruit
These versatile, sweet, little fruits are truly nature’s gift to us! Strawberries are indeed unique in every way, no wonder they’re everyone’s favourite. Did you know that despite their name, strawberries are actually not berries? They technically belong to the roses family (hence their beautiful aroma)! Strawberries are also the only fruit that carries its seeds on the outside, and each strawberry has around 200 seeds on its surface! There are over 600 strawberry varieties in the world, and it’s in season at different times of the year in different countries. In Egypt, strawberry season runs from November to February making it a beautiful addition to the cold winter season.
How to Pick the Perfect Strawberry?
When picking or buying strawberries, choose the bright red, firm, shiny, aromatic ones with the cap on top bright green. Avoid dull, soft strawberries. Unlike other fruits (avocadoes for example), strawberries stop ripening after picked, so don’t go for the green ones hoping they’ll ripen on the shelf.
Storing Strawberries the Right Way
Store your strawberries as soon as possible in the refrigerator up to 3 days (ideally in a single layer on paper towel). Avoid washing or cutting strawberries until right before they’re ready to be used. Washing ahead of time speeds up the spoiling process! It’s best to let the fruit reach room temperature before eating to get the most flavourful experience. If you have a lot of extra strawberries or want to keep some for later when they’re out of season, you can easily freeze them for up to six months.
Bonus: strawberries don’t
Take it as a rule: colourful food is healthy food! Strawberries are nutrient dense, meaning they supply a lot of nutrients with little calories, which is basically the perfect combination. Strawberries are especially high in vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium. The popular vitamin C is an ant infectious vitamin that also has antioxidant capacity and is important for immunity and skin health. 1 cup of strawberry (150g) provides 150% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C with less than 50 calories, what a deal! Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that isn’t digested by the human body but provides a lot of health benefits including keeping you full, feeding healthy gut bacteria and regulating blood glucose and cholesterol levels. With the combination of low calories and high fiber, strawberries could be a smart addition to a weight loss plan. Folate is a B vitamin that has a specific role in metabolism, it is especially important for pregnant women and older people. Potassium is an important mineral in the body that has a lot of roles including regulating blood pressure. It is therefore very important for people with hypertension. Potassium also counteracts sodium’s effect on elevating blood pressure!
There’s nothing better for your health than colourful food and there’s no food as colourful as strawberries!
Strawberries get their vibrant red colour from their antioxidants content. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body from free radicals (compounds that damage the cell) and thus protect the body cells from damage. Strawberries rank among the top 10 foods in terms of antioxidant content.
Bottom Line: these little fruits are packed with nutrition, flavor and fun! Make them a regular addition to your diet and get creative with them in the kitchen. Check the recipes on our website for some inspiration! 😉