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Cook With Strawberries: Nutrition, Tips & Silly Food Facts

Strawberries

Silly Food Fact

Ever wonder how many little seeds are on a strawberry?  We did and found out that there are about 200 (in average) on each one of these delicious fruits.  Also, peak harvesting season for strawberries is from April through June.  During this time, California harvesters ship about 10 million pint baskets daily!

Why Our Bodies Love Them

Strawberries are low in calories and superhero foods for our body.  A cup of strawberry juice is only 50 calories and contains 88 milligrams of ascorbic acid (an antioxidant that helps our bodies fight environmental stress).  Another perk of eating whole strawberries is that eight medium strawberries contain 140% of the USDA recommended servings of Vitamin C.

Care and Picking

When picking strawberries, look for plump red berries that have a strong sweet smell.  Although big berries are attractive, the medium berries are typically the sweetest.  If your purchasing them in a carton, look for mold or bruises.  Sometimes, these pesky damaged ones can be hiding in the bottom so check carefully.

Tips and Warnings

To keep your strawberries looking and tasting fresh, keep them in the refrigerator.  Be careful to only rinse them in water when you’re ready to eat ’em and not before storing.  This will help prevent mold from growing and damaging your fruit.  Also, when storing, keep the green tops on and place them in a colander or a container with holes so the cool air can keep them fresh longer.  This should help your berries last 3 days (or longer).

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