Coming Soon to Our Farmers Markets: Strawberries!
It’s that wonderful time of year when strawberries begin to arrive at the farmers market, the first real tasty sign of spring! These juicy red berries are not only delicious but also provide many health benefits.
Strawberries are a great source of:
- Vitamin C – This vitamin acts as an antioxidant protecting the cells in your body, help healing wounds and your immune system.
- Manganese – Your body needs this mineral for blood clotting, reproduction, for strong bones.
- Folate or Folic Acid (vitamin B9) – Folate is important for normal tissue growth and cell function. It is very important for pregnant women since it helps in making genetic material.
- Potassium – This mineral essential for proper heart and kidney function, muscle contraction, and helps regulating blood pressure.
Since strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, they may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control. Eat them fresh, make them in preserves, or even dehydrate them for a quick snack. And with 3 grams of fiber per serving, your body will enjoy the following recipes as much as your taste buds!
Want Grow Strawberries at Home?
View and download this complete guide for growing strawberries at home or the school garden: Teaching from the Garden: Growing a Schoolyard Strawberry Garden
This article is a contribution of Kristen Kowzan, Extension Master Food Volunteer for N.C. Cooperative Extension of Orange County FCS Program.