All about Strawberries

Amira Novitzke, Reporter

There’s nothing like spotting the first sweet ripe strawberries of the season at your local farmers market. Delicious, rich-red, sweet, yet gently tangy strawberries are among the most popular berries. Strawberries are low in calories (32 cal/100 g) and fats but rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consumption of these berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

Fresh berries are also an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals.

The fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fats.

Strawberries also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutaseCopper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. And fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is important for prevention of dental caries.

Strawberry Facts

Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.

Strawberries are members of the rose family.

Americans eat an average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each per year.

California produces some 80% of the strawberries in the U.S.

Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries.

The strawberry plant is a perennial

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