When we think of a good source of Vitamin C, most of us think of citrus fruit, thanks to the marketing efforts of the citrus growers. But there’s another source of Vitamin C, one that has, ounce for ounce, more vitamin C than even citrus fruit: strawberries. In fact, one cup of strawberries will give you almost 150% of your RDA of vitamin C.
Strawberries are not only delicious, they are packed with nutrition. Strawberries are good sources of fiber, folate, potassium and manganese. They are low in fat but do contain omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. They are also a good source of anti-oxidants and have mild anti-inflammatory properties.
To choose strawberries, choose those that are medium sized and have a deep red color. The flesh should be firm, not mushy. Larger strawberries may look wonderful, but typically do not have as good a flavor as the medium sized ones.
A rich aroma is usually an indicator of luscious flavor. In many areas you can find “pick your own” farms, where you can pick your own fresh strawberries, or pay a little extra and have strawberries that were fresh picked that day.
Fully ripe strawberries are naturally sweet and do not require additional sugar. You can eat strawberries as a snack, or use them in a wide variety of dishes. A spinach salad with sliced fresh strawberries and strawberry vinaigrette is a wonderfully healthy—and tasty—choice.