Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Spring time means..... strawberries!
Did you know.... that strawberries are part of the rose family? That would explain the heady sensation and sudden rush of romance associated with eating strawberries. No? Well perhaps its the anthocyanins doing their zesty work inside your body.
Anthocyanins are water soluble pigments that give strawberries their lusty red colouring. Not only do they make strawberries look oh-so-good to eat, but these funky colours also perform an impressive double-act as free-radical fighting antioxidants, which means they're awesome at preventing cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
The humble strawberry also contains a truckload of vitamin C, which we all know keeps our immune system in tip-top shape and helps to combat colds, flus and scurvy ;-)
And these luscious lip-smackers also contain potassium (good for a steady heart rate and blood pressure), fluoride (for skin, bones and teeth), copper (needed for red blood cells production and iron (blood cell formation). Ker-pow!
But the best thing about strawberries? They taste ah-mayzing!! In a juice (try it), fruit salad, with cream, in many a dessert or just on their Pat Malone, strawberries are one of the true delights of spring time. Even better, they're very low in calories too, so you can pretty much feast on them at any time of day with a clear conscience. And possibly clear skin too.
Camilleri Berries are at the Lane Cove Public School Food & Farmers' Markets every Sunday and sell strawberries and other berries (such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) when in season.
Rita's Farm Produce also sells a limited amount of strawberries at the Bondi Junction Village Markets when in season.