The tiny strawberry is packed with vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants, and more. As they are in season, make the most of enjoying this tart, delicious fruit
The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you.
Packed with loads of vitamins, fibre, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food.
In fact, they are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium.
Just one serving — about eight strawberries — provides more Vitamin C than an orange.
When buying them, choose medium-sized berries that are firm, plump, and deep red; once picked, they don’t ripen further.
Historically it is interesting to know that, they were first cultivated in ancient Rome, and are now the most popular berry fruit in the world. In provincial France, they were regarded as an aphrodisiac.
These red gems are good for your overall health in more ways than one. They:
Protect your heart,
Increase HDL (good) cholesterol
Lower your blood pressure
Guard against cancer
Strawberries are versatile. A strawberry smoothie or a strawberry banana smoothie with yogurt and a spoon of honey is a perfect mid-meal snack or quick breakfast on the go. You can add strawberries to a salad with arugula or rocket leaves, a dash of balsamic vinegar and crumble feta cheese. They make synchronistic accompaniments to chocolate, cakes, tarts and trifles. Yogurt, pannacota, parfait, ice-cream get a super delicious tweak when made with strawberries.