Ingredient Spotlight: Strawberries!
It is strawberry season and that means it is a good season! If you live near a strawberry field, I encourage you to take a visit and pick some with your own hands. If not, head to your local farmer’s market or grocery and buy a pint or two or four. Not much compares to an in-season strawberry – simply delicious!
One cup of halved strawberries is approximately 50 calories and is packed with nutritional value. Each cup contains more than 160 percent of the daily recommended requirement of vitamin C. They are actually a better source of vitamin C than oranges! Strawberries also contain folate, potassium, calcium, iron as well as being high in antioxidants and flavonoids. High in nutritional value, low in calories. It’s a win/win situation.
To make your strawberries last longer, make sure to store them correctly! Strawberries are like sponges, so wash them right before you are going to eat or use them. Store them in a paper bag in the fridge, in a bowl with a paper towel at the bottom in the fridge, or in a container with layers of strawberries separated by paper towels to soak up any extra moisture also in the fridge.
Since it is the time to take advantage of strawberries, stock up! They are very versatile so go ahead and make strawberry everything! To get you inspired, check out these recipes!