Strawberry Season: Strawberries are at their peak of abundance in April, May, and June; January, February, March, and July are moderate months.
Health Benefits of Strawberry:
- Highly rated as skin cleansing food because it removes harmful toxin in the blood.
- Beneficial for pregnant women because it contain folic acid (1 cup provides 25mcg).
- Help remove tartar from teeth and strengthen and heal the gums. Just rub the sliced fruit and rub on the teeth and gum, leave it for at least 3 minutes.
- Rich in fiber that can help lower cholesterol and prevent constipation.
- Rich in bioflavonoids that can help prevent cancer.
- Strawberry juice can help treat liver problem because it encourages the renewal of hepatic cells. It is best if the juice is consumed on an empty stomach, 3 cups a day.
- Good in preventing and curing eye problems.
- Contain sodium which can help treat arthritis.
Nutrient Content of Strawberry: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 60 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .03 mg.;
- Vitamin C: 60 mg.
- Calcium: 28 mg.
- Phosphorus: 27 mg.
- Potassium: 220 mg.
- Carbohydrates: 8.3 gm
- Calories: 37
Medicinal Uses of Strawberry Leaves: Strawberry leaves and roots are known to help ease diarrhea, soothes the stomach, arthritis and rheumatism.
How to Prepare Strawberry leaf tea: The strawberry tea is obtained from fruits and leaves that were laid out to dry in a hot place. Tea is obtained by boiling one spoon of fruits and leaves for 20 minutes in one cup of water. It is then consumed 2 or 3 times a day.
How to Buy Strawberry:
- Quality strawberries are fresh, clean, and bright in appearance. They have a solid red color, and the green tops are attached. Strawberries without caps may have been roughly handled or are overmature.
- Also, make sure the top layer of ripe berries isn’t hiding an unripe layer underneath, because strawberries will not ripen after they were harvested.
- If there are red stains or liquid leaking from the box bottom, it means the berries had been on the shelf for too long.
How to Store and Prepare Strawberry: Strawberries can be stored whole in the refrigerator for a few days (sliced berries gradually lose their vitamin C). When you’re ready to use them, wash them with the green tops attached, under cool running water. Removing the green tops causes the strawberries to absorb too much water and become soggy. After washing, you can pluck away the green tops with your fingers or with a paring knife.
Strawberry Side Effects:
- Many people complain about getting hives from strawberries. If you are allergic to strawberries, try this: run, hot water over them, then immediately follow this by running cold water over them. This takes the allergen off the outside of the berries, which is believed to be the cause of the hives.
- Strawberries also contain oxalic acid, which can aggravate kidney and bladder stones in susceptible people, and reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron and calcium.
- The seeds of the strawberry can be irritating in cases of inflammation of the bowel or colitis.
“This post was originally published on January 8, 2012 @22:38”