Strawberries make me happy. I’m hard pressed to find a better feeling in the world than making other people feel good and happy. Sometimes knowing what makes people tick can have its advantages. I have a dear friend who has an intense love of chocolate covered strawberries. If he’s ever had a rough time or is due for a gift of appreciation, chocolate covered strawberries are always a big hit.
Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are the most popular berry in the United States and much of the world. It would seem my friend is in good company for the love of these luscious berries. Strawberries contain fisetin, an antioxidant that has been studied in relation to Alzheimer’s disease and to kidney failure resulting from diabetes. Strawberries are the fruit that contains the highest amount of this antioxidant. Fisetin lessens the complications of diabetes. Strawberries can also help with heart disease and strokes. Like other Paleo berries, they have a dark skin that has many antioxidants that help with heart disease.
Availability of Strawberries
In the United States strawberries are grown in sunny Florida and California. Strawberries are in season from January through November, but they’re at their best from April through June.
In the UK, this Paleo berry is available all year round from imports, but is in season from May to September.
Frozen and even canned strawberries are available year round with very high quality.
Choose the Best Strawberries
Typically, as with all Paleo fruit, the smaller the more flavorful and sweet the fruit. This will of course vary by the variety of strawberry you find in your area.
This Paleo berry should be completely dry, so turn over the basket and make certain there’s no extra liquid on the bottom.
Also, it’s important to know that strawberries do not continue to ripen after they’re picked. So make sure you’ve picked strawberries that are bright red and have a strong strawberry aroma. If you pass up the step to smell your berries, you could be passing up some of the best ones!
Strawberries should only be washed and hulled right before you’re ready to eat them. If you wash them or let them get wet they will mold very quickly.
This Paleo berry is its most delicious at room temperature. Take your strawberries out of the refrigerator about an hour before eating for the best flavor.
Strawberry with Balsamic Vinegar
One trick for quickly hulling strawberries is to use a stiff straw. Start from the bottom, pointed-end of the strawberry, and push straight up through the berry perfectly hulling it- and quickly too!
If you’d rather a more traditional hulling process, simply use a paring knife to cut a cone out of the top of the berry, removing the green stem. It’s important to emphasis, that when you’re cutting to turn the berry, not the knife!
I like to flip my strawberry basket each day I keep it in the refrigerator. This keeps the weight somewhat evenly distributed and keeps the bottom berries from rotting faster than the rest of the basket. They will keep fresh for little less than a week.
Freezing strawberries is quite easy and they keep well. Put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. When they’re frozen, put them into freezer-safe plastic bags where they’ll keep for about half a year.
This Paleo berry can be used cooked into pies, smoothies, gelato, and many more desserts. They’re often eaten fresh instead of actually cooked.
Many people enjoy them sliced, with a tiny dribble of Balsamic Vinegar.
Alternatives to Strawberries
Try raspberries as a good substitute for their bright berry flavor and red color.
Nutrition Facts of Strawberries
One cup of whole strawberries (144g) has 46 calories and an estimated glycemic load of 3. The caloric ratio is 85% carbs, 8% fats, and 7% protein. They are mildly anti-inflammatory with an inflammation factor of 27.
This Paleo food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. A large portion of the calories in this Paleo food come from sugars.
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