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Sensational Strawberries

Did you know that the strawberry is the most popular berry in the United States?

Nutritional Benefits:

A 12-ounce container of strawberries contains just 97 calories and has no cholesterol, fat, or sodium. Eight strawberries provide 4 grams of fiber, 20% of the daily value for folate, and 140% of the vitamin C that our bodies need every day. Strawberries are an important source of potassium.Strawberries also contain several classes of phytochemicals that may help prevent cancer. In a USDA study of seventeen different fruits and juices, strawberries were found to have the greatest total antioxidant capacity.

Buying Tips:

These luscious and sweet berries are available year round, but they are at their peak during spring and summer. Once harvested, strawberries do not ripen further. When choosing strawberries to purchase, look for those that are bright red in color and have a natural sheen with fresh-looking green caps. The size of the strawberry is not important. All strawberries, large and small, are equally sweet and juicy.

Preparation and Storage Tips:

Strawberries should be stored at room temperature if you plan on using them quickly. If not, keep them uncovered or loosely covered in the refrigerator until you need them. They should be washed, with the caps attached, just before using. Strawberries have the best flavor when they are allowed to reach room temperature before serving. They deteriorate rapidly, so they are best eaten within a few days of purchase or picking. If you have an abundance of strawberries, consider freezing them for later use. The best way to freeze strawberries is to individually is to flash-freeze them on a baking pan, then pour the frozen strawberries into storage bags. Frozen or defrosted strawberries are perfect on top of cereal or yogurt. They also make delicious jam, purees, and smoothies.

DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any action.

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