Strawberries are in abundance this spring at local farms. Reports indicate that due to cooler temperatures, the strawberries have better flavor this year. You simply can’t beat local strawberries. They are a super source of nutrition. They provide antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Phytonutrients aid in the prevention of cancer and diabetes.
Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, which promotes healthy gums, teeth and bones. They also are a good source of potassium, which helps maintain blood pressure and aids muscle contractions.
Strawberries are popular in baked goods, smoothies and sauces. They are a delicious topping on cereal or desserts. They are a great salad ingredient, especially when combined with fresh greens, nuts and seeds. They don’t need any accompaniment at all to be a sweet treat that everyone loves.
This is a great time for a family outing to a local farm to learn how strawberries grow and to pick your own. If time is short, farm stands offer picked berries, often by the pint or the gallon. It’s a great time to freeze local berries for that great flavor year-round.