Strawberries are an important part of a healthy diet due to their high vitamin C content of 65 milligrams per 100 grams. With only 32 kilocalories per 100 grams, they provide the body with little energy and maintain the slim line. In addition, they contain with herbal and ellagic acid phytochemicals, which are known for their cancer-preventing effect.
The ancestors of the strawberry
The ancestors of our cultivated large-fruited strawberries are the small, juicy and more aromatic wild strawberries. Already in 1714, the first large fleshy strawberries were produced in France by crossing two varieties of wild berry. There are now over 600 different varieties that differ in size, structure, color and taste.
Vitamins in strawberries
Strawberries are rich in vitamins - especially vitamin C is found in large quantities in the sweet fruits. 100 grams of strawberries average it:
- 8 micrograms of vitamin A
- 54 micrograms of vitamin B2
- 0.3 milligrams of vitamin B3
- 43 micrograms of folic acid
- 65 milligrams of vitamin C
- 0.1 milligram of vitamin E
- 13 micrograms of vitamin K
Solid, shiny and bright red
Since strawberries can be heavily pesticidally contaminated, depending on the country of origin, preference should be given to domestic products, in the best case organically grown.
When buying strawberries should be firm and shiny and look fresh and bright red. Strawberries spoil quickly and therefore stay in the fridge for a maximum of two to three days. The whole strawberries should be cleaned briefly under running cold water, as the fruits absorb water quickly. To prevent the strawberries from losing juice, it is advisable to remove the stems only after cleaning.
Botanically, no fruit
Strawberries are not only for pure enjoyment, but also as a tasty ingredient for a variety of dishes such as fruit salad, sorbet or milkshake. Botanically speaking, the pulp of the strawberry is not a fruit but a thickened flower axis of the strawberry plant, but it does not spoil the taste. The actual fruits of the strawberry are the small yellowish seeds that sit on the surface.
A healthy recipe
Buttermilk is low in calories (35.9 kilocalories per 100 milliliters) and contains only a maximum of one percent fat. 200 milliliters will cover ¼ of an adult's daily requirement for calcium. Try a strawberry buttermilk shake! Simply wash and chop 150 grams of strawberries, add 200 milliliters of buttermilk and puree, then season with vanilla sugar and sugar or sweetener.