As Wimbledon heats up, we start to see more and more strawberries in the grocer's and on our supermarket shelves. With their bright red colour and sugary sweet taste they are a delight and provide a nutritious snack or a healthy dessert (as long as you steer clear of lashings of cream, of course!).
A member of the rose family, strawberries contain more Vitamin C in weight terms than citrus fruit. 1 cup/approx 4oz of whole strawberries is only 30 calories (approx.) and counts as one portion of the recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables essential for a healthy, balanced diet. This traditional summer fruit also has a high amount of fibre and contains calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A. (Don't forget the high amount of Vitamin C).
The best strawberries are picked yourself or bought from local grocers - however most of us will settle for buying them from the shelf. Large strawberries look inviting, but can be slightly watery. Smaller, darker specimens have more taste and tang. Make sure to look for firm berries (without bruises) with the green caps on - when the caps are ripped away an enzyme is activated that destroys Vitamin C. Finally remember that they're best eaten within 2-3 days of purchase and in great abundance! Enjoy.
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