Its history goes back 2,200 years. Ancient writers like Apulius, Virgil and Ovid has written about this wild fruit and cited its medicinal properties. It grew wild in Italy in 234 B.C. Ancient Romans regards them well due to their medicinal ability in treating sore throat, kidney stones, fever and even depression. Long before the European settlers arrived, Native American Indians have been eating this fruit. Discovered in Virginia by European settlers in 1588.
They’re the only fruit with seeds on their skin, and there’s 200 of them in a single fruit! Botanically, each seed is actually a separate dried fruit of its own called achene. And technically, strawberry is not really a berry, but rather a receptacle.
Strawberry belong to the genus fragraria in the rosaceae family of fragrant plants. It is perennial low-lying, spreading shrub that can stay productive for five years or even more. When ripe, this wonderful fruit is bright red, very juicy and amazingly sweet. It needs at least 6 hours of sunlight every day to grow healthy. It’s best when picked ripe, unlike other fruit, it will not continue to ripen after being picked.
This superfruit is bountiful of essential nutrients and health benefits. The vitamins it holds consists of Vitamin C, K and a host of B complex, particularly B6 as well as niacin, folic acid, riboflavin that helps the body metabolize fats, carbohydrate and proteins. It also contains vital minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, fluorine and iodine. Strawberry is also your best source of fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidant that are needed for optimum health. It has an excellent ORAC value of about 3577 per 100grams. Regular consumption of strawberry can help in suppressing colon and breast cancer cells, inflammation and neurological diseases due to its significant amount of anthocyanins, kaempferol, quercetin and ellagic acids which are phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals. It is low in calories and fats, making them an ideal food for diabetics. The high fiber and potassium it holds can help in lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure level… truly, a heart-healthy fruit. Before having your heavy exercise, load up on some of this power fruit to burn more calories and give you greater endurance. Thanks to its high nitrate content that increases your oxygen and blood flow to your muscles. Relieve inflammation and pain from sunburn by rubbing a mixture of strawberry and honey on your skin.
To some individuals, strawberry can cause serious allergic reaction, with symptoms that include swelling of the mouth and tongue, skin rashes, itchy eyes, and gastrointestinal problems. Should be avoided by persons with allergy to this fruit. Generally safe when taken as food, even by pregnant and nursing women.
Strawberry fun fact: Charles V, in the 14th century, planted twelve hundred strawberry plants in the Royal Garden of the Louvre.
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