Strawberries are after Rhubarb, the first summer fruit, and everybody loves them. They are not only delicious but also have healthy ingredients.
Did you know that the strawberry symbolizes more than 2,000 years of sensuality and erotic love because of its bright red color? The goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus, were associated with the strawberry.
The berry with a wonderfully sweet taste also enriches the body and soul with its incredible abilities to protect and care for our skin, organs, and hair. So it’s no wonder strawberries were used as a medicinal plant as early as the Middle Ages.
People have eaten strawberries since the Stone Age But not today’s strawberry did not exist then, but its relative, the wild strawberry, was widespread. This wild berry is much smaller, darker color, and is stronger in flavor. Otherwise, the shape and structure are similar to our garden strawberries.
Today’s strawberries come from the Chilean and scarlet strawberry, and botanists call them Fragaria x ananassa by botanists. Thanks to the Chilean strawberry, the garden strawberry bore very large fruits and inherited a strong aroma from the scarlet strawberry. Strawberries we know as fruit or berries, but botanically they are nutlets. The small, yellowish-brown dots on the outside of the strawberry are nutlets. Also, not all strawberries are red. Pineapple strawberries, for example, are white, their nuts are red, and they taste similar to a pineapple.
As with all fruits and vegetables, there is not just one variety but over 1,000 different strawberry varieties that go back to the wild strawberry.
Many of the fruits we buy off-season grow in heated greenhouses, which use a lot of energy. Strawberries are susceptible to fungal diseases and rot. The intensive use of pesticides and cocktails of poisons on 96 percent of these fruits makes the strawberry no longer quite as healthy.
Seasonal organic cultivation prevents these problems without poison by greater planting distances and more hardy varieties. It reduces the yield and makes them a bit more expensive, but better if you only treat yourself to organic strawberries.
Strawberries need a lot of water to grow big and juicy. It is a significant problem, especially in southern countries. On average, a single kilo of strawberries uses up to 280 liters of water!
Even an organic strawberry leaves a water footprint, and even imported strawberries grown organically help to lower the water table.
ORGANIC CULTIVATION DOES NOT REDUCE the CO2 footprint of a strawberry from abroad; the transport routes remain the same.
Local strawberry season
The primary strawberry season begins in June and only lasts about six weeks, i.e., until mid-July. It is best to buy them from local, certified organic outdoor cultivation. Not only are you doing something good for the environment but also for yourself: The ecologically safest strawberries grow in your garden; they are fresher and taste incomparably better!
How healthy are the fruits?
The sweet fruits are very healthy. They have significant water content and contain many vitamins and minerals. A 200-gram bowl of fruit covers an adult’s daily requirement of vitamin C. and has, therefore, a higher content than that of lemons and oranges.
Strawberries also contain many minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper. They also have a lot of dietary fiber, good for digestion, and phytochemicals. These help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Without hesitation, you can enjoy strawberries like their relatives, raspberries, and blackberries.
Strawberries Help you Lose Weight.
If you’re craving something sweet, grab strawberries! The fruits take away the feeling of hunger. With only 32 kilocalories per 100 grams, the aromatic berries help with weight loss. Of course, only if you eat them without whipped cream or ice cream.
The relatively low glycemic index prevents a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. You can eat as much healthy fruit as you want if you have no intolerance and eat them without sweets.
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