The Strawberry has to be a contender for everyone’s favourite fruit, right?
It seems that everything these days either tastes of strawberries or smells like them, from Ice cream to air freshener there’s something for everyone but how good are they for health and nutrition? Read on for some stunning Strawberry facts.
About the Strawberry
Suer Fruit: Strawberry
The name Strawberry originates from the berries that are “strewn” or the “strewn berry” over the course of time and with continued use the name was shortened to ”Strawberry”.
Strawberries are from the same plant family as the Rose, the Rosaceae family and although you wouldn’t think it; the Strawberry isn’t a fruit or a berry at all but the enlarged end of the plant’s stamen, because of this the Strawberries seeds are on the outer skin, instead of inside the berry.There are around 200 of those little seeds on each fruit
Here in the UK May 1st sees the official start to the British berry season with milder temperatures, longer days and more sunshine – the perfect conditions for growing berries
British strawberries hit the supermarket shelves from early May. Due to improved varieties developed in the last few years, consumers can expect to see a wide selection of British berries, all of which have been developed to suit the UK climate.
Although strawberries will be in plentiful supply throughout May the season will reach its peak in June and July. If good weather continues from July you can expect to see British strawberries until the end of September.
Although Strawberries are available in UK Supermarkets all year round they are very rarely organic and if they are they’re very expensive, most of the Strawberries you see on the UK shelves outside of the berry season come from farms in Southern Europe and North africa
Health benefits of strawberries
Strawberries are low in calories (32 kcal/100g) they are also rich source of Vitamins, Minerals and health promoting phyto-nutrients.
Low in Fat
Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid.
Srtawberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of anti-oxidant strength) of about 3577µmol TE per 100 grams.
Potential positive health effects have been shown in the areas of anti-cancer, anti-ageing, as an anti-inflammatory and a protector against neurological diseases.
Fresh Strawberries are known to be an excellent source of vitamin-C with 100 grams providing 58.8 mg or about 98% of RDI,
High in B-complex vitamins, with good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, folic acid, riboflavin and pantothenic acid
Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic, antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
High concentration of the minerals potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine.
Juicing with Strawberries
Now this isn’t as easy as you might expect, especially if your using a masticating juicer like the Angel juicer…… As with all soft fruits you’ll need to take your time when juicing Strawberries, this is because they can quickly clog your juice strainer.
Twin and single gear masticating juicers (including the expensive ones) struggle with all soft fruits
The solution to this problem is to alternate each strawberry with a crunchy fruit or vegetable so that it pushes the Strawberry though the juicer and clears the holes in the juice strainer, carrots are perfect for this as are beets. If you juice Strawberries on their own you won’t get a watery juice, you end up with more of a puree so you’ll either have to add another fruit/vegetable to your juice or add water or coconut water to thin the juice.
Because of this the Strawberry scores low on juiceability
6 Strawberries (alternate these with the carotts and beets)
Water from a coconut
Serves 2 🙂