Queen of Fruits: Strawberry

Strawberry

It’s once again the season to welcome the queen of fruits, the magnificent Strawberry. This bright red juicy berry is full of healthy nutrients and its right for any time of day.

Nothing packs a more healthy punch than this powerful little berry. Strawberries have more vitamin C than most citrus fruits. Rich in fibre, regular consumption of strawberries helps the body absorb nutrients beneficial to the immune system. And the high antioxidant levels help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. Known to inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver, strawberries are a natural means of reducing the likelihood of high blood pressure. The antioxidants play an important role in reducing the oxidation of bad cholesterol. At the same time, the flavanoids have an anti-inflammatory effect on the arteries, thus reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke.

Studies have shown that the potassium content in strawberries helps regulate the body’s electrolytes, lowering the risk of both stroke and heart disease. Soluble and insoluble fibres lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. And there’s good news for diabetics with a sweet tooth! If you’re craving some dessert or just a little sweet something, you can definitely indulge in some strawberries. Strawberries help stabilize the blood glucose levels, so don’t think twice before treating yourself to a few of these juicy, sweet berries!

Strawberries are a healthy and tasty additive to breakfast cereal, and are popularly used in cakes, ice creams, jams, jellies and smoothies. Due to their bright appealing appearance, they’re often used as a garnish in desserts to enhance the presentation. These berries add not only colour and taste to any recipe, but they’re also high on nutrients. Eating 6 to 8 strawberries a day can help give you a healthier heart, better memory and a healthy digestive system.

Strawberries are frequently rated as one of the best foods for both skin care and weight loss, and are often part of an effective weight loss program. These delicious berries can help give you smoother skin, condition your hair, whiten your teeth, and even reduce puffiness under your eyes! All this, packed into a tiny little succulent package!

Spring Strawberry Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups of strawberries
3 cups of salad greens (iceberg lettuce or Chinese cabbage)
1½ tbsp white vinegar
½ tbsp honey
2 tsp hazel or pine nuts
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Chop the salad greens and cut the strawberries into quarters. Mix together the white vinegar, honey and olive oil. Add a little water for consistency. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Pour over the strawberries and greens and toss well. Sprinkle the nuts on top, and it’s all ready to be eaten.

So, whether it’s with a slice of sinful cheesecake, an accompaniment to a glass of bubbly or simply sliced on the morning pancakes, it’s definitely the time to indulge in the luscious strawberry!     

- Pallavi