Fragrantly sweet strawberries are the most popular type of berry fruit in the world. Although they have become increasingly available year-round, they are at the peak of their
season from April through July when they are the most delicious and most abundant.
While there are more than 600 varieties of strawberries that differ in flavor, size and texture, one can usually identify a strawberry by its red flesh that has small seedspiercing its surface, and a small, regal, green leafy cap and stem that adorn its crown.
Most commercially grown strawberries come from the genus-species Fragaria ananassa. Cultivation of this particular genus-species has been taking place for nearly 300 years. Much older still, however, are wild strawberries that typically below to the genus-species Fragaria vesca. Wild strawberries are known to have existed for more than 2,000 years. While
typically smaller in size than cultivated strawberries, wild strawberries often feature a
coastal and southern inland regions of California and to the East Coast, where Florida
production becomes especially important during the winter months. Fragaria virginiana is a
popular genus-species of strawberry grown in the U.S. along side of the genus-species
10 Health Benefits of Strawberries
1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a
group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent
less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins. (The
Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry)
2. Boost short term memory
The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks. (The Journal of
Agricultural and Food Chemistry)
3. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories.
4. Ease Inflammation
Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the
body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely
to have elevated levels of CRP. (Harvard School of Public Health.)
5. Lower cardiovascular disease
Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the
risk for heart disease.
6. Promote bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.
7. Prevent oesophageal cancer
Studies show freeze-dried strawberry powder may help prevent human oesophageal cancer.
8. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also
contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to
9. Good for weight loss
10. Promote eye health
Eating three or more servings of fruit like strawberries may lower the risk of macular
degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss.
Nutrient% Daily Value
vitamin C 112.8%
vitamin B6 4.1%
omega-3 fats 3.7%
Tips for Preparing and Cooking
Tips for Preparing Strawberries
or using in a recipe. Do not remove their caps and stems until after you have gently washed
the berries under cold running water and patted them dry. This will prevent them from
absorbing excess water, which can degrade strawberries' texture and flavor. To remove the
stems, caps and white hull, simply pinch these off with your fingers or use a paring knife.
Despite their perishable nature, strawberries do appear to hold up well for a day or two in
pressed for time but love fresh fruit salad. And who doesn't since it's a perfect addition
to any meal and makes a great snack or dessert?
Healthiest Way of Preparing Strawberries
Strawberries retain their maximum amount of nutrients and their maximum taste when they are
vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes—are unable to withstand the temperature (350°F/175°C)
used in baking.
How to Enjoy
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
Add sliced strawberries to mixed green salad.
Layer sliced strawberries, whole blueberries and plain yogurt in a wine glass to make a
Blend strawberries with a little bit of orange juice and use as a refreshing coulis
Add strawberries to breakfast shakes to give them a more vibrant taste and texture.