These tips on strawberries are from Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, and can be used for social media or any of your communication needs and articles:
Strawberries are the quintessential fruit of summer. Just the aroma can bring back memories of hot summer days.
- California is the top producer of strawberries, providing 80% of the US crop of this crimson fruit.
- Strawberries are part of the rose family and contain over 200 seeds.
- Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, catechins and ellagic acid.
- Once cup of strawberries contains just 49 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
- Eat strawberries raw or add them to salads, smoothies or yogurt.
And now for a few kitchen hacks for strawberries from our chef and publisher, Judy Doherty:
- Rinse strawberries in warm water (105 degrees is our favorite) (heat shocking tip from Modernist Cuisine) and store in a bowl with a loose cover. If you are going to be eating them soon you can take the tops off with a sharp paring knife. Otherwise it is best to remove the tops right before you are going to eat them.
- Store the strawberries in a clear glass bowl to attract people who open your refrigerator!
- Freeze strawberries when they are past their prime. You can use them for freezer jelly, smoothies, and yogurt toppings.
Best ideas for using fresh strawberries include:
- eating them with a plain yogurt dip
- making a crustless fruit tart (arrange in a tart pan)
- making good morning smoothies
- freezing them to make popsicles
- cooking them in pies
- adding them to spinach salads
- and packing to go as a mid morning snack
Take a look at all of the fruits in season now and enjoy them all summer!
Take a look at our beautiful strawberry wall cling poster here.
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Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and owner of Sound Bites Nutrition in Cincinnati. She shares her clinical, culinary, and community nutrition knowledge through cooking demos, teaching, and freelance writing. Lisa is a regular contributor to Food and Health Communications and Today’s Dietitian and is the author of the Healing Gout Cookbook, Complete Thyroid Cookbook, and Heart Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. Her line of food pun merchandise, Lettuce beet hunger, supports those suffering food insecurity in Cincinnati. For more information, visit her website: https://soundbitesnutrition.com/