Benefits Of Strawberries
Strawberries were grown in ancient Rome as far back as 200 BC. In recent history, France is the first to have cultivated strawberries around 1750 AD. Present day strawberry is the garden variety, a hybrid of a natural cross between the French and the North American variety.
The strawberry plant is a runner and spreads horizontally on the ground. It produces red, sweet, delicately fragrant, conical, fleshy fruits. Though the plants live for 5 to 6 years, new plantation is done every year as the fruit production reduces rapidly every year.
Strawberry fruit is termed an aggregate accessory fruit as the flesh is produced from the receptacle that contains the ovaries rather than the ovaries themselves. Each seed that is apparent on the outside of the fruit is in fact an ovary, with a seed inside.
Today, strawberry is cultivated in many temperate regions of the world. In the US, 75% of the crop is grown in California.
Nutrients In Strawberry
Strawberry has been ranked 27th best amongst all US foods and the 4th best amongst all fruits, in terms of its antioxidant capacity. It is amongst the top 50 antioxidant sources.
Strawberries contain an array of phytonutrients which include, anthocyanins, ellagitannins, flavonols, terpenoids and phenolic acids
It has excellent levels of vitamin C, is rich in manganese and dietary fiber, has very good amounts of folate, iodine and potassium and appreciable levels of magnesium, vitamin K and omega 3 fatty acids, while at the same time is low in calories and has zero cholesterol.