Strawberries are something much more than just fulfilling the sweet tooth. Besides all, fresh strawberries are packed with hordes of health benefits, making a nutritious fresh fruit baskets for mind and body. At the same time, fresh strawberries are low in calories: one cup of unsweetened strawberries has only 55 calories. So if you are on a reducing diet, fresh strawberries will add flavor, food value, and pleasure to meals. You can even eat some as a between-meals snack.
Fresh strawberries are not only good to eat; they are also "good for us." They are an especially tasty source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). In fact, one cup of fresh strawberries provides about 88 milligrams of ascorbic acid, which more than meets the Recommended Daily Dietary allowance of 45 milligrams for the average adult. Moreover cancer research UK has reported that 'just one bowl of fresh strawberries a day could cut your risk of dying early from cancer or other diseases by 20%.But you should also know that Vitamin C is well retained when the fresh strawberries are handled carefully. Capping, injuring, cutting, or juicing, however, will reduce the vitamin content.
Naturally the best strawberries are the ones you pick yourself from your local strawberry fields as, unfortunately, not all fresh strawberries sold are really so healthy. It is a frequent thing that berries are transported thus leaving their qualities and taste as well, though looking smart. These 'fresh strawberries' do us only harm. So you see how it is important to be able telling injured ones from good fresh strawberries.
In the stores, always choose locally grown strawberries during the harvesting season (they are sweeter and juicier than those that are bred for shipment). Remember, your local strawberry season only lasts 3 to 4 weeks First of all, select berries that are in dry, unstained containers as stained containers may indicate overripe berries that are not freshly picked and you do not need these ones. Always pick the plumpest and most fragrant berries. They should be firm, bright, and fresh looking with no mold or bruises, and fresh green caps.
The caps should be bright green, fresh looking and fully attached. If there any mold on a berry, never leave it next to fresh strawberries. In fact, fresh strawberries are those dry and clean with wonderful fragrance. When choosing fresh strawberries it is useful to know that medium to small berries have better eating quality than large ones. Ok, you have successfully chosen the best fresh strawberries; now use them as soon as possible. It is important to wash the berries just before you plan to use them and to keep fresh strawberries from absorbing large quantities of water when washing them.
When you have more strawberries than you can eat or when strawberries can be obtained at a reasonable cost, it doesn't mean that you just wasted the money. Why not freeze fresh strawberries or make syrup? The first and the latter are the easiest things to do and bring no less pleasure than the fresh ones.