May was pretty weird weather here – cooler than normal, with more rain than normal too!  This seems to have helped my strawberries to ripen and bloom already in early June! Strawberries are a June fruit, and their season is quick!  My gardening skills are pretty non-existent. A few things were planted this year, but nothing was labeled so I’m uncertain as to where things might come up, if they do!  Two years ago I ordered strawberry plants from Burpee and planted them in our garden, and this year it is already an abundant crop! I am considering just doing a strawberry garden next year!  Strawberries are a powerhouse fruit!

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Health Benefits of Strawberries

 

Strawberries contain phytochemicals and flavonoids including quercetin making them an antioxidant powerhouse and anti-inflammatory food.  The compounds found in strawberries have been shown to fight cancer by blocking cancer cells from forming and suppressing already present tumors. (Source)

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Recent studies have shown consumption of strawberry extract in mice inoculated with breast cancer cells inhibited the spread of the cancer cells.  (Source)

“We have shown for the first time that strawberry extract, rich in phenolic compounds, inhibits the proliferation of breast cancer cells in in vitro and in vivo models,” Maurizio Battino, co-author of the paper and a principal investigator at the Marche Polytechnic University (Italy) and the European University of the Atlantic in Santander (Spain), explained.

Strawberries contain Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are two valuable micronutrients that act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help to slow the aging process by preventing oxidation of cells. (Source)

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A diet rich in strawberries has been found to support brain health.  The flavonoid anthocyanidin has been shown in studies to improve cognitive health and be a defense against memory loss and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.(Source)

Strawberries are fun to grow and pick with little hands!  Strawberries are best consumed washed and raw (not cooked) soon after picking, and at room temperature. They do not stay fresh for very long, so only purchase what you can eat in one or two days.

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Favorite strawberry recipe for summer:  Strawberry Shortcake (vegan/gluten free)

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