Just after Spring arrives, there is a fruit at peak harvest in the southern states - strawberries! There’s nothing like the sweetness and crisp texture of a berry in its peak season. The price is also just right. Just a light wash and they are ready to eat or be topped on desserts, added to smoothies, parfaits, and added to salads. You can't get bored with a fruit so versatile.
Strawberries are rich in disease protectors called antioxidants, and are high in many minerals and vitamins. But they are especially known for being a major source of Vitamin C - well known for its role in maintaining our immune system and up keeping our skin health and glow.
Our bodies cannot make this vitamin, so we must get it from our food. Vitamin C will help every cell in our body heal including cuts and bruises, and it builds up and strengthens our bones and teeth. As for the common cold, Vitamin C cannot prevent you from getting it, but evidenced-based studies show that it could reduce the length and severity of a cold. If you want to get the full benefits of vitamin C, you’ve got to eat good sources every day -- not just when you feel a cold coming on. One cup of strawberries will meet or exceed the Daily Value needs of Vitamin C for kids and adults!!
Just a note that Vitamin C amounts in strawberries start to fall once they are cooked for toppings, jams, jellies and cobblers because this vitamin will lessen when heated. Fresh or frozen is the best way to enjoy them for peak sweetness and season right now!!
Try our favorite Strawberry vinaigrette on mixed green salads (spinach, lettuce, chard, kale). Toss in some goat, feta or blue cheese or slivered almonds
Recipe Ingredients-1 cup strawberries with tops removed, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tbsp honey.
Directions- Make dressing by blending all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Refrigerate dressing until ready to serve. Add dressing to salad right before serving.
Get Outdoors & Pick Fresh Berries
It’s an excellent time to get the kids to be active and pick some fresh berries to support our local farms. Many local farms in Georgia are open for berry picking - check out the list here!