Delicious Strawberries!

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Delicious Strawberries!

For strawberry lovers, it is exciting to be smack dab right in the middle of the growing and picking season.  Most people find the taste of local strawberries outstanding! If you buy berries at a farmers market, local berries at your favorite store or pick-your own, you might find the cheapest prices of the year. You also may find yourself with so many berries that if not properly stored, they may spoil.

 

1 ¼ cups provides the following, which for people with diabetes, is well worth noting:

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 58 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of protein, 0.5 grams of fat and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber.

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 141% of daily vitamin C needs (It is usually noted that this is a higher vitamin C content than an orange).

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Percentages of daily needs: 11% folate, 10% copper 7% magnesium and B6, and along with a smaller amount of other trace nutrients.

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The sodium content is very low at 1.8 mg

Such a tasty beautiful fruit is extremely fragile. If you can pick your berries one by one, choose firm medium berries with the brightest deep red color. Strawberries do not ripen after they are picked.  The University of California’s department of agriculture recommends that you do not wash your berries until it is time to eat them.  Wash your hands and use a clean cutting board and knife to cut them. Rub each berry gently as you rinse with running water, pat dry.

 

A few simple ways to use strawberries are:

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Plain by themselves or with a little sweetener

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On top of your favorite cereal

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Freeze a single washed strawberry in an ice cube tray surrounded by water.  Make your ice cold drinks special this way. You can also wash the berries, place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Do not let the berries touch each other.  After freezing, store in a seal tight freezer bag. When defrosted the berries will still be delicious but will not be firm.

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Make a spinach or deep green salad with strawberries and nuts. Add oil and vinegar

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 Make jelly or jams.  For instructions go to: http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/files/26363.pdf

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Add strawberries to yogurt and sprinkle with a little granola.  This is a great breakfast idea!

Please give us your comments on how you use strawberries. Sharing is such fun!