Strawberry – the sweet fruit of summer
Strawberries have a history that goes back over 2,200 years. Strawberries grew wild in Italy as long ago as 234 B.C. and were discovered in Virginia by the first Europeans when their ships landed in 1588.
Strawberries are packed with health benefits, are low in calories and high in fiber. One cup contains only 54 calories. The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulates the burning of stored fat. Strawberries are considered one of the healthiest fruits. They are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, are sodium, cholesterol and fat free. It is best to consume strawberries as soon as you purchase them. Unwashed strawberries should be stored loosely, covered with plastic wrap and placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator for a maximum of two days.
Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges. They are known as “plant antioxidants” and eating them will prevent the occurrence of arthritis, loss of memory, various forms of cancer and heart disease. In addition, they are a perfect dessert.
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