Some of my earliest childhood memories are picking strawberries in the summer. In the UK, the standout fruit of the summer is locally grown and sourced strawberries. I may be biased on this one, however, I really think strawberries in the UK are the best when it comes to flavour!
One of the most high-profile occasions for strawberries is each summer at Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Over 28,000 kilograms will be consumed at every tournament. Normally they are eaten with cream.
I personally don’t eat dairy, however, strawberries are really amazing for you - especially when eaten in season to maximise the nutritional density (as well as flavour!).
In traditional Chinese medicine, strawberries are said to be cooling in nature and benefit the spleen-pancreas. They help improve appetite and increase body fluid production. They would traditionally be used for thirst, sore throat, and hoarseness. Eaten before meals they are said to ease digestion.
Here are some of the other amazing benefits of strawberries
1. Helps burn stored fat
The red colouring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins. (The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry)
2. Low in Calories – High in Fibre
One cup contains only 54 calories.
3. Good for your heart
Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.
4. Bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important developing bone health.
This is always a nice quality to have Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They contain high levels of vitamin c and silicon which is great for connective tissue repair. The antioxidant ellagic acid found in strawberries also protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging.