In Season In June: Strawberries

What are they?

Probably the easiest fruit to get hold of, at any time of year. However you can definitely tell the difference between in season and out of season strawberries. June and July is the perfect time to get amazingly sweet strawberries, rather than the small and pale strawberries you tend to find on the shelves in winter.

While still referring to them as a fruit, strawberries are not fruits at all, and are actually a member of the rose family. Not that this makes much of a difference, they still go great in a fruit salad! For the best strawberries, why not try finding a local farm to go strawberry picking? It’s more cost effective and you can make sure you get the sweetest and most juiciest strawberries around.

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Health Benefits.

Strawberries are rich in Ellagic acid (an antioxidant). This may bind to cancer causing chemicals, and may also prevent the growth of cancer cells.  On top of this strawberries are a great little immune booster thanks to the vitamin C. The vitamin C found in strawberries helps to support our eye health as well as the immune system, since vitamin C is required to help protect the protein found in the lenses of our eyes from free-radical damage caused by sun exposure and the harsh UV rays. Vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina.

The phytochemicals and antioxidants found in strawberries could help reduce inflammation in the joints caused by arthritic conditions or injury. Studies have taken place by the Harvard School of Public Health to assess the affects of eating 16 strawberries per week. The studies found that the participants are less likely to have higher levels of C-reactive protein, which indicates inflammation in the body.

100g of fresh strawberries contains;

  • 59g vitamin C
  • 13g of magnesium
  • 153g of potassium
  • 16g of calcium

 

Recipe Ideas

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