Strawberries
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Strawberries have been prized since the time of Ancient Greeks and Romans. Throughout Europe, Strawberries were seen as a symbol of affluence and perfection. Also, a delicacy that was enjoyed on special occasions or by those in prestigious positions. Strawberries were often grown in royal gardens and images of them can be seen on crests, signifying prosperity. When European settlers arrived in North America, they found Strawberries were one of the crops the Native Americans were successfully harvesting. By the mid 1800’s, Strawberry production would begin.

Season

In cooler climates, Strawberries thrive. The peak Strawberry growing season is April - June. Other parts of the United States have shorter growing seasons, that can be as short as a few weeks to as long as 5 months. The commercial growing season in California and Florida runs from runs from January - November.

Availability

Strawberries are available year round.

Cultivation

Each individual Strawberry only needs 0.4 gallon of water to reach maturity.

Production

The United States is the leading producer of Strawberries. California, produces 92% of the United States' crop. Florida, is the second largest supplier.

Varieties

Purchasing

Varying in size and shape, Strawberries turn a bright red to "crimson," when fully ripe. Strawberries are commonly heart-shaped and the speckling of seeds on their exterior, makes them unique among other berries. Strawberries are sold with their "green tops," still attached.

Storage

Fresh Strawberries, are best kept whole and refrigerated. They should last approximately 3-8 day's. If the plan is to freeze fresh Strawberries, they can last 7-8 month's, frozen.

Culinary Uses

Learning How to Cut Strawberries, will lead to the "Universe of Culinary Uses."

Portion Size

Allow 1-3 Whole Strawberries per person.

Pairings

Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Mint, Nutmeg, Sugar, Vanilla, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, Thyme, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Gooseberries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Melon, OrangesPapaya, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Pineapple, Plums, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Ginger, ButterButtermilk, Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, Mascarpone, Sour Cream, Yogurt, Crab, Lobster, Fish, Brandy, Champagne, Chocolate, Cognac, Honey, Maple Syrup, Rum, Sake, Sherry, Wine, Lettuce, Salad DressingsSauces

Substitutes

Fruits

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
STRAWBERRIES,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 32
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
3%
Potassium 153mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 7g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Strawberries provide a large amount of Vitamin CPotassium, and Dietary Fiber. Strawberries are being recognized in the medical world as a "Super Fruit," because of their high Antioxidant levels and ability to help prevent Cancer and Heart Disease. *1 cup of Strawberries contain around 45 calories.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes