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It's strawberry time in Arkansas. They don't just taste good - they're good for you!
Nashville, Ark. – It’s strawberry time in Arkansas. You have probably noticed more
of them on the shelves of your grocery store, or maybe you have been lucky enough
to travel a couple hours to a pick-your-own strawberry farm. Strawberries are versatile,
great tasting and are now available and at their best. In fact, they will continue
to be at their best until sometime in June.
Strawberries are packed with great nutrition - everything from folate
to fiber to phytochemicals; plus they are low in calories. A one-cup serving of strawberries
(8 medium size) will provide only 45 calories. They are an excellent source of vitamin
C. In fact, 8 medium strawberries provide 96 milligrams of vitamin C, or 160 percent
of the recommended daily intake. That’s more vitamin C than one medium orange. Vitamin
C helps fight infections from the common cold and heal cuts and bruises.
The folate that is found in eight medium strawberries provides 20 percent
of the daily need for folate. The recommended daily intake for folate is 400 micrograms
– and unfortunately most Americans don’t get enough. Folate is one of the B vitamins
found in various foods. Folic acid, the synthetic form of folate, is found in fortified
foods and vitamin supplements.
Potassium is one of the minerals featured in the National Institutes of
Health’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet developed to decrease
blood pressure through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Eight medium
strawberries provide 270 milligrams of potassium.
When selecting strawberries for purchase, look for fully ripened, bright
red strawberries. Unlike other fruits, they will not ripen after being picked. Once
the berries are picked, use them as soon after purchased as possible to insure the
best color and appearance and highest nutritional value. Other tips for keeping your
strawberries as fresh as possible include:
Remember that strawberries are nutritious and delicious. If you would
like some information about freezing fruit or making homemade strawberry freezer jam,
contact the Howard County Extension Service at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located
on the second floor of the courthouse.
This recipe was shared by a good friend of mine. I am sure it is delicious
and it would make a great treat for Mom for Mother’s Day Breakfast this Sunday. A
very nice way to say thank you for all you do!
1 cup strawberries (washed, hulled and cut into ½ inch pieces)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar,
baking powder and salt. Add butter or margarine. Cut in butter until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Stir in strawberries; toss to coat. Add milk all at once. With a fork,
lightly stir mixture together until it holds together. With floured hands, scoop approximately
1 ½ to 2 Tablespoons of mix and drop on a greased cookie sheet. Bake until golden
brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm with butter, margarine or cream cheese; or serve
Yield: 12 scones
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 Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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