Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Strawberry ~ Summer Staple

There are a lot of things I look forward to in the summer. One of those things is Strawberries! I have to admit, my favorite way to eat them is dipping them in sugar. Yes, I know, terrible! Another favorite way to eat them is sliced and mixed with sliced bananas, yum!
Did you know that California provides 88% of the nation's strawberries. With over 35,000 acres of fields across California, the growers will be picking nearly
6 million crates of delicious, ripe strawberries this week to deliver to grocery stores nationwide.
Fun strawberry facts to share with your kids:
  • If you lined up all of the strawberries grown in California in one straight line, they would wrap around the entire Earth 15 times.
  • Guessing game! There are about 200 seeds on the outside of each strawberry.
  • California harvests over a billion pounds of strawberries annually.
  • One acre of land (about the size of one football field) grows about 50,000 pounds of strawberries - that's the same weight as 4 elephants!
For us moms, it's worth knowing:
  • Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants and rank second among the top ten fruits in antioxidant capacity: one serving of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than an orange.
  • Strawberries may help reduce the risk of heart disease, fight some types of cancer and lower blood pressure. Not bad for a little red berry!
  • Don't forget! The antioxidants in strawberries also aid in memory performance and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, two key factors that can cause age-related diminished brain function.
  • Strawberries are a natural superfood that may lower blood pressure, improve memory and heart health, and reduce some risks of cancer.

    Hundreds of strawberry recipes can be found here. My favorite drinks is a Frosty Strawberry Daiquri. They have a great search feature that lets you find recipes by type of food. Under healthy choices I found Frosty Strawberry pops which I plan on making this week!

Visit Strawberryville, an online destination for kids full of interactive games, activities and kid-friendly recipes! Kids age 5 - 7 can play in the Garden, Kids age 6 - 12 can play in the Clubhouse. Both my girls have a lot of fun playing at Strawberryville.

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