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TEXARKANA, Ark. –\
The first clue that strawberries are good for you rest in their heart-shaped silhouette.
These bright red jewels are packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels
of antioxidants known as polyphenols. They are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free,
They are also among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source
of manganese and potassium. Just one serving, or about eight strawberries, provides
more vitamin C than an orange. Plus they provide only 49 calories, 12 carbs, and less
than one gram of fat. As an added bonus, these little jewels are thought to protect
your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard
This member of the rose family isn’t really a fruit or a berry but the enlarged receptacle
of the flower. First cultivated in ancient Rome, strawberries are now the most popular
berry fruit in the world. In provincial France, they were regarded as an aphrodisiac.
These red gems may be good for your heart in more ways than one.
Let your nose be the guide for fresh strawberries. They should smell sweet and be
bright red with fresh green caps. Look closely at the berries, making sure there are
no signs of mold. One molded berry can spoil the batch. Choose medium-sized berries
that are firm, plump, and deep red; once picked, they don’t ripen further.
Purchase your fresh strawberries last so they can be refrigerated quickly. Berries
should not be left at room temperature for more than a few hours or you may begin
seeing a browning effect due to the warm temperature. Use the strawberries as soon
after purchase as possible to insure the best color, appearance and highest nutritional
Never wash strawberries or remove the caps until just before use. Removing the cap
early can reduce the flavor, texture, and nutrient quality. Instead, store unwashed
berries loosely covered with plastic wrap in the coldest part of your refrigerator
for a maximum of three days. If held longer, a grey mold may develop.
For optimal storage, remove berries from their containers and arrange them no more
than two berries deep in a shallow container or tray covered with waxed paper or plastic
When you are ready to use your strawberries, wash them by placing berries in a colander
and rinse under cold running water. Allowing them to sit in water will result in a
loss of color and flavor. Before serving or using your strawberries, remove the green
cap with a plastic-tipped vegetable peeler or paring knife without removing any of
Fresh grown local Arkansas strawberries are available at the Gateway Farmers Market
at the corner of Jefferson and East 9th on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, but may be gone soon. To know how many you need
to purchase, here’s a simple guide: 1 basket equals 1 pint; 1 pint equals about 3
1/4 cups whole berries, 2 1/4 cups sliced or 1 2/3 cups pureed berries; 1 pint of
strawberries also equals about 12 very large stemmed berries to about 36 smaller berries.
For more information about strawberries including recipes, contact the Miller County
Extension Office, 870-779-3609 or visit us in room 215 at the Miller County Courthouse.
We're online at email@example.com, on Facebook at UAEXMillerCountyFCS/CarlaHaleyHadley,
on Twitter @MillerCountyFCS or on the web at uaex.uada.edu/Miller.
I love this easy Strawberry, Kiwi and Spinach Salad. It can easily be carried to potlucks
and assembled there and makes a beautiful presentation.
Strawberry, Kiwi and Spinach Salad
3 tablespoons fat-free raspberry vinaigrette dressing
4 cups spinach, stems removed, rinsed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup candied pecans, chopped
4 strawberries, quartered
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
Combine spinach, pecans, strawberries and kiwi in a salad bowl. Toss with raspberry
dressing and top with candied pecans. Serve immediately.
By Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 firstname.lastname@example.org
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