Friday, 29 June 2018

Profile On: Strawberry

Strawberries are a firm favourite all year round, but they're especially yummy this time of year! Let's find out more about this fan favourite in our next instalment of our Profile On: series...

What is it?
Despite its name, a strawberry is not actually a berry as they do not have seeds inside - they are accessory fruits. They have a delicious sweet fragrance, and are one of the most popular fruits.

What does it look like?
Strawberries have a round top and pointed bottom, they are usually cherry red (although they may have green shoulders). They have small seeds on the skin and usually have green leaves attached to a small stem.

Other names
Garden strawberry

Where's it from?
While the US is the largest producer of strawberries, they are grown in a variety of countries such as Turkey, Spain Egypt, Korea, Mexico, Poland, and the UK! The British strawberries come into season in early May, and the season now lasts 20 weeks, into October.

When is it available?
Strawberries are available all year round as it is grown worldwide.

How do I eat it?
The strawberry is easy to eat! Just cut off the leaves/stem and munch away! Perfect with cream, ice cream, porridge - the possibilities are endless!

What does it taste like?
Strawberries are both sweet and slightly acidic, so when they ripen the sugar content rises from 5% to 6-9%, so riper strawberries are sweeter.

What are the health benefits?
Strawberries are packed with vitamins and fibre, and are high antioxidants. They are sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low calorie. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity, and are a good source of manganese and potassium.

Did you know....strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every Spring?!

Love strawberries? Let us know @office _fruit!

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