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Strawberry fields forever!!
Member Name: stebiz
Advantages: Sweet, Delicious, Healthy
Disadvantages: Short season
Ever since I was young, I always enjoyed the strawberry season in England, and would long for the days that I could go strawberry picking with my Mum and Dad.
The strawberry season in England usually starts in early June, and it is usually about this time, I keep an eye on the local farm, who offers a pick your own service. As a family we love going to the farm and picking our own strawberries (eating lots on the way too) and then weighing them in at the end.
I'm sure the farmer must allow for pickers to eat them on their way around, as the price is slightly more than the supermarkets, and most people to pick them. The fact the youngsters walk out with strawberry juice all over their Tshirts must be a big give away too.
As a family we also grow our own strawberries but have not got enough room, to grow the amount we consume as a family of five. The family love to eat them with cream, scones and mixed with other fruit. I also encourage the children to have them with their breakfast, and on the odd occasion have also made jam.
Another favourite with the kids is making smoothies with them. They add other fruits too, and I get great satisfaction that they are getting some of their five a day.
Believe it or not, the strawberry plant has only been in the UK since the 1700's. It soon became very popular, and as it adapts very easily to our climate, and also spreads very easily, there soon became a large number of plants. This year the UK will produce approx 100,000 tonnes of the fruit.
Few may realise (or want to know) that the strawberry itself is actually part of the plants ovaries. I'd certainly not realised until I read it on the internet.
So is it good for us. Well in short yes. Unless of course you are eating them with lashings of cream or as jam, with spoonfuls of sugar. The vitamins within the fruit include A,B and C. Add to this Iron, Calcium and Proteins, and you can see how these can be beneficial to your health. In order to get the full benefits, they should be eaten without any additives.
The strawberry itself is reliant on the amount of rain and sunshine it receives. The larger and riper the strawberry the better the conditions it has been grown. In the event of little sun, the strawberry yield will be low, and the likelihood is that the strawberries will be small. They also thrive in warm air, and this is why many farmers have them in tunnels, or greenhouses.
I really do enjoy strawberries and although our season in England, is short lived, it is now common for supermarkets to fly them in from all over the world. Obviously this puts the price up, however it does mean that they have strawberries for sale most of the year round.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has given you a bit of information, that perhaps you didn't know previously.
Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk
Summary: A must for all the family!!