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Nashville, Ark. – It’s hard to pass up the beauty of fresh strawberries. Pick up a
box and smell their delicious, sweet aroma. If you haven’t bought some lately, now
is the time to purchase them! Strawberries are in season during May and June. That
means the best flavor for strawberries is right now and the price is right!
Strawberries are one of the first fruits of the year to show up on grocery
store shelves. Not only do they taste great, but they are also very versatile. You
can enjoy them fresh out of the carton, sliced over desserts, in a smoothie, as a
great addition to salads, in a pie or a cake; the possibilities are endless.
Besides being great to eat, strawberries are very nutritious. They provide
vitamin C, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy.
Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb some important minerals including
iron. They also provide the body with potassium and fiber.
When choosing strawberries, find a carton that has mostly ripe berries.
Strawberries do not ripen any more after they are picked. Look at the carton to make
sure there are no bad berries. Strawberries, like most fruits, need to be handled
with care. If you see a berry that has mold or fuzz on it, throw it away. Smell the
fruit to get the ripest berries. They should have a strong strawberry smell.
Once you have purchased your berries, plan on using them within one to
two days. Wash them before eating or using them in a recipe. Only wash them when you
are ready to use them. Like most berries, washing them ahead of time causes the fruit
to break down.
Some ways to enjoy strawberries include:
As you can see, strawberries really are versatile. As you celebrate your
mom this weekend, consider serving strawberries along with that “special” breakfast.
Or make the recipe below to serve to Mom!
For more information on nutrition, contact the Howard County Cooperative
Extension Service at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor
of the courthouse.
Recipe of the Week
This recipe is from the website, “What’s Cooking” from USDA. It sounds delicious and
received five stars! The USDA Mixing Bowl is a website that has hundreds of tried-and-true
recipes from all over the United States.
1 ounce (3 Tablespoons) angel food cake mix
1/8 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 strawberries, sliced
1 ½ Tablespoons non-fat whipped topping
Scoop 3 Tablespoons of angel food cake mix into a microwave-safe cup or mug.
Add 2 Tablespoons of vanilla yogurt and stir.
Place in the center of the microwave oven and microwave for 1 minute.
Remove from microwave and allow to cool for 1 minute.
Using a knife, cut around the sides of the cup to loosen the cake and “dump” it out
onto a plate.
Spoon 1 ½ Tablespoon of whipped topping on top of the cake.
Sprinkle raspberries around the angel cake and add sliced strawberries to top.
Yield: 1 serving
Nutrition information per serving: Calories – 205, Fat – 0 g, Protein – 5 g, Carbohydrates
– 46 g,
Fiber 1 g, Sodium – 365 mg.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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