In Season: Strawberries!!
Posted April 20, 2010on:
Tis the season… for STRAWBERRIES!! From March to October. That’s when you can get your hands on fresh, ripe, juicy strawberries!
Interesting strawberry facts:
~ Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
~ If all the strawberries produced in California, in one year, were laid berry to berry, they’d wrap around the world 15 times.
~ There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.
~ Strawberries were a symbol of perfection and love: for instance, folklore says that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love. Medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in sacred places such as churches, as a symbol of perfection.
~ Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium.
~ Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day fruit & vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer & heart attacks.
~ Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.
So run out to your nearest farmers market and grab some of these fresh, juicy red jewels. For information on Bay Area farmers markets, click here.
**NOTE: This photo has not been altered in any way. When I cut the top off of the strawberry, this is what was inside. ^_^**