Fresh Fridays, May 21
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Strawberries!! Who loves strawberries!?! Today I am bringing you 9 fun facts about strawberries; plus their health benefits, how to store them and of course great recipes using these bright red summer fruits! As June approaches, strawberries come into their best season for most of North America!
I have been having so much fun lately making all sorts of strawberry recipes! Browse to the end for all of my strawberry recipes! But you can be sure, that I’m not done yet, what strawberry recipes would you love to see?
9 Fun Facts about Strawberries!
All of the fun facts, you (n)ever wanted to know about Strawberries!
- Fragaria is the scientific name for the fruit.
- The fleshy part you are eating is actually the stem of the plant.
- Strawberry word has its origin from Old English words “steowberie” or “streawbelige”.
- The strawberry is not, technically, a berry, why you ask? Because its seeds are on the exterior. There are 200 seeds (called “achenes”) on the average strawberry, each one can grow into a new strawberry plant.
- Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.
- Strawberries are a member of rose family and it is the only fruit which has seeds outside. It is the first fruit that ripens in the spring season.
- The Winter Strawberry Capital is Plant City, FL — one of my sweet friends and favorite bloggers, Nikki at Soulfully Made used to work in the strawberry industry in Florida. And just take a look at this gorgeous Chantilly Sheet Cake, perfect for Memorial day and 4th of July!
- Eat strawberries! It is good for your muscles, your brain, your heart, and it lowers BP, helps in preventing the development of cancer and even aids in improving cognitive processes.
- In Sweden, strawberries are a traditional dessert served on St John’s Day, also known as Midsummer’s Eve.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
- The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care and cognitive function, lowers BP, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases.
- Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall health! These properties make them great for immune system improvement, preventing various cancers and reducing the signs of aging.
- Since strawberries are rich folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium, they are especially healthy to pregnant women and they are also extremely high in vitamin C – more than oranges even!
Best Way to Store Strawberries
Here are a few simple tips for storing your strawberries so they will last longer!
- Do not wash them! Until you are ready to eat them that is! They are like little sponges and will soak up that water, no matter how much you pat them dry!
- If you are using or eating them the same day, leave them out on the counter, just remind people to take what they want and give them a quick washing before noshing on them! But any longer, they should be refrigerated.
- When storing them in the fridge, the goal is to keep moisture away, so use that crisper drawer. Ideally, remove the strawberries from their original container, lining a shallow bowl with several layers of paper towels and gently lay the unwashed strawberries in one layer, covering them. They should last several days this way.
- If your berries have gone past their prime, simply wash, hull (remove the stem) and lay them on a cookie sheet to flash freeze them in the freezer. Use them in recipes, smoothies (that’s how we most use them), they might not be as pretty, but they are still tasty!
Let’s use those strawberries!
- Try them in my newest strawberry recipe, Healthy Strawberry Quick Bread! Sooo delicious and moist! Or maybe this strawberry rhubarb crumble.
- Use them fresh in an old-fashioned strawberry shortcake recipe or try this chocolate lovers shortcake with fresh strawbs or perhaps in a beautiful springtime Strawberry Rhubarb Salad.
- Speaking of using them in salads, we love this Tropical Fruit Salad, or this Maple Apple Pecan, I always throw fresh strawberries in there!
- How about in a drink? Make some fresh strawberry syrup and use in this Strawberry Gin cocktail, and of course they make water prettier and tastier too! Slice up a few pieces and add to a pitcher or infuser of water with mint and a few lemon slices.
- Strawberries are not just for eating either, they are great for natural skin care! Try my Strawberry Sugar Scrub or my DIY Strawberry Lip Scrub — so delicious you will want to eat them!
How will you use your strawberries this year? I would love to hear! Remember I answer every email personally!
Have a blessed weekend and I appreciate you hanging around!
P.S. Be sure to browse through last weeks Fresh Fridays for more great recipes!
About Kathleen Pope
Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer
Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.