Saturday, October 23, 2010

Strawberries - my favourite summer fruit! Whats yours?

It is starting to warm up here in Australia, and my favourite part of warmer weather is fruit! Refreshing, cold fruit! My favourite is Strawberries. They are just always a fruit I can rely on to refresh me! My kids love them too which is great. I did some research on them ( but I love researching!) and here are some things I learnt:

1. Available all year round, but peak from November to February
2. On average there are 200 seeds on the outside of a strawberry (amazing!)
3. An excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin B (folate)
4. 100g has 90kJ - which is a healthy snack, and good for those who are watching their weight.
5. Strawberries are not a berry, rather a member of the rose family and the real fruits are the yellow seeds
6. Strawberries as part of a healthy diet, may help decrease blood pressure, and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
7. Strawberries contain Phytochemicals known to act as antioxidants
8. There are a few hundred different varieties of strawberries
9. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring.
10. They are great to share, and served with a lot of foods.

You can use strawberries in fruit salads, fruit punch, cheese and fruit platters, sorbets, ice creams, tarts, cakes, sauces, crepes, waffles or served over breakfast cereal. But I love them best dipped in chocolate!

What is your favourite fruit?

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