Strawberries are the only fruit
Ok, so Strawberries aren’t the only fruit I know I know.
BUT in summer (and boy are we starting to taste some proper warm light blazing in your face summer here in France), seasonal produce is just amazing. There is so MUCH fruit and vegetable grown on this beautiful hexagon that it’s time to start tasting everything that’s coming out of our beautiful soil.
Remember I was telling you about eating what’s in season and following the natural cycles of what’s locally produced around you?
Well at the moment we are all going crazy for Strawberries here.
Why? Because you can blend them in a smoothie the way I did with some oats here, you can eat them on their OWN or with a sprinkling of Stevia or a cloud of organic Almond Milk poured on top
Also, they are super duper good for you:
- Strawberry is low in calories (32 kcal/100g) and fats but rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
- Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consumption of straw berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
- Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin-C (100 g provide 58.8 mg or about 98% of RDI), which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation and scavenge harmful free radicals.
- The fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fats.
- Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- Furthermore, They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is important for prevention of dental caries.
And they look like little hearts ready to burst with ruby coloured love. That in itself is reason enough to go have them for dessert tonight.