Strawberry Season: Strawberries are at their peak of abundance in April, May, and June; January, February, March, and July are moderate months.
Strawberry Health Benefits:
- Help removes harmful toxin in the blood, that is why it is highly rated as skin cleansing food even though skin eruptions may appear at first in some cases.
- Good for pregnant women because it contain folic acid which can help prevent neural defect in unborn babies; 1 cup provides 25mcg (micrograms).
- The strawberry, when cut in half and rubbed on the teeth and gums, removes tartar from the teeth and strengthens and heals the gums. The juice should be allowed to remain on the teeth as long as possible in order to dissolve the tartar.
- Good source of pectin and other soluble fibers that help lower cholesterol and helps prevent constipation.
- Has high sodium content; it is therefore considered an anti-aging food.
- Contains bioflavonoids, including red anthocyanin and ellagic acid; substances that may help prevent some cancers. Cooking does not destroy ellagic acid, so even strawberry pie and jam may be beneficial.
- Recommended in treating liver disorders such as chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. The juice stimulates liver activity and encourages the renewal of hepatic cells and tissue. It is best if the juice is consumed on an empty stomach, 3 cups a day.
- Good in preventing and curing eye problems.
- Have been reported to help cases of syphilis.
- Contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat arthritis.
- Used as face treatments have an excellent effect even in the cases of people who have dull complexions.
Strawberry Nutrient Content: 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
Strawberry Leaves Medicinal Uses: Strawberry leaves and roots are known to help ease diarrhea, soothes the stomach, arthritis and rheumatism.
How to Prepare Strawberry 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.
Tips on 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.
Tips on 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.