HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
They were first cultivated in Ancient Rome and are now considered as one of the most popular berry fruits in the world.
Strawberries aren’t really a fruit or a berry, but actually the enlarged receptacle of the a flower that is part of the rose family. They carry their seeds on the outside and develop runners, which produce roots which then create more plants. Once picked they don’t ripen further.
IMPRESSIVE HEALTH BENEFITS
Strawberries are good for your whole body. They naturally deliver vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols -- without any sodium, fat, or cholesterol. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving can provide more vitamin C than an orange.
Benefits from the nutrients obtained from strawberries
Although most of us can enjoy strawberries without a problem, they are a common allergen, especially for young children. If you have allergies to birch pollen or apples, you are more likely to develop a secondary food allergy to strawberries. If this is relevant, you should avoid strawberries.
Strawberries also contain goitrogens, compounds which may interfere with thyroid function, so those with a thyroid condition should minimise their intake.
Some ways to use strawberries in recipes:
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