Strawberries and the larger early season strawberries are fruits which are full of flavour and vitamins. They should not be left out when planning a healthy, low-calorie diet due, amongst many other qualities, to their high antioxidant, carbohydrate and fibre content.
How do you tell them apart?
Size and flavour are the distinguishing elements, since generally speaking strawberries are smaller and sweeter than early season strawberries. The true season for these tasty fruits spans from March to July, although the mild winters in certain areas of Spain guarantee their presence on our table practically all year round.
Flavour with barely any calories
There is a wide variety of fruit in the strawberry family, and over a thousand different types are now known in the world. Their calorie content is minimal, since approximately 85% of their composition is water, and we consume around 35 calories per 100 grammes. As such, included as part of a balanced diet, we can enjoy their flavour whilst keeping our weight under control.
Effective against disease
By eating 100 grammes of strawberries you will provide your body with approximately the recommended daily amount of vitamin C (60 milligrammes), and your health will thank you for it especially in the colder months. These fruits are also rich in vitamins E and A, and in betacarotenes, antioxidants which prevent cell ageing, cancer and other diseases such as arteriosclerosis.
Improved blood circulation
Blood circulation and bowel movement are improved by consuming strawberries. The reason for this? Their high fibre content contributes towards preventing the cholesterol from sticking to the arteries, as well as fighting constipation. There are yet more benefits, since their diuretic properties facilitate the elimination of uric acid, as such they are highly recommendable in the everyday diet of people suffering from gout and arthritis.
Fruit right up to the stalk
Try to select the brightest strawberries, which are firm and have a vibrant coloured fruit and stalk. The optimum consumption period is up to approximately one day after being picked, although depending on their degree of ripeness they can last between 4 and 5 days in the fridge. Never remove the stalk before washing the fruit, because they absorb too much water and will lose their properties, and try to store them in a single layer so that they last longer.
The best way of enjoying the flavour of a strawberry is, simply by washing the fruit and eating it as it is. After that there are no end of possibilities. What are you waiting for? Enjoy them!
Did you know that…
Recent studies have shown that the regular consumption of strawberries noticeably boosts the antioxidant capacity of blood, stimulates the long-term memory and helps to prevent cancer of the oesophagus.