Strawberries are members of the Rosaceae (Rose) family with the botanical name Frugaria, which means "fragrance" in Latin. Children in London collected the berries, string them on straw chains and sell them in the markets as "Straws of Berries", and the Narragansett Indians in North America called the fruit wuttahimneash or "heart berry."
When I think of strawberries, I see a red, plump, sweet, juicy, luscious fruit. Strawberries are available year-round, imported from different countries according to their climate during the year. Although I’m thrilled that now I can buy strawberries whenever I want them, I miss the wonderful sense of excitement waiting for this wonderful, nutritious treat. It used to be such a treat to look forward to when strawberries were only available during their season; the sense of anticipation can’t be equaled. Of course, the be best time to buy strawberries to ensure freshness and the lowest cost is still during our own growing season.
My favorite way to eat strawberries is fresh – what’s yours? They’re so versatile, and it’s fun to incorporate them into many different. They’re almost as easy to use in jams and jellies, smoothies, ice creams, pies and tarts as they are to eat fresh.
To top the strawberry’s deliciousness, it’s a well known fact that the little fruit is a powerhouse of nutrition.
Did you know that …?
- 8 tiny strawberries contain more Vitamin C than a whole orange
- Strawberries provide a significant amount of fiber, potassium, folate and antioxidants
- Strawberries are naturally low in sugar and one cup only takes 50 calories from your daily calorie budget
- To combat flavor fatigue and increase nutrition, add a few strawberries to any pudding, shake, smoothie, cereal or dessert.