Newest Review: ... (eight strawberries equivalent to an orange), as well as folate and potassium. Strawberries are also high in fibre and manganese. Also in t... more
Member Name: annav
Advantages: good for you, affordable, pick your own, grow your own
Disadvantages: can be expensive out of season
On my recent health kick I have been eating loads of fresh fruit and vegetables. I also watched a very interesting program about strawberries confirming why I love them so much.
The freshest way to get strawberries is to grow them yourself, its pretty simple to do. You can buy the seeds cheaply, and you then need somewhere where the plants wont be eaten by grubs, and they get enough water and sunlight. I have previously tried but dont have a garden at the moment. It has a short six week season and thats why you cant always buy them in markets all year round. On the programme I watched the supermarkets use large plastic tunnels to grow them for longer months.
I have also made my own jam from my mums supply of home grown strawberries, it is a lot nicer than shop bought!
I now buy strawberries from the market or pick your own if I see a farm offering this.
They taste great on their own as a picnic snack, or with cream for indulgence. I never need to put sugar on them though some people do. You can also combine them with meringue for eton mess, or blend them with other berries for a really tasty smoothie. When Im not on a diet they also taste really lovely with melted chocolate.
If you eat them in a pudding make sure to cut off the green stalk and slice out the white middle section as this is not as nice as the rest of the fruit.
Apparently british grown strawberries are better as our climate is perfect for soft fruit. So buy british whenever you can. From tescos a box costs around £2-3 depending on the time of year.
Summary: A healthy snack, natural sugar high