National Strawberry Day

Today is National Strawberry Day!

stDid you know before they were known as strawberries they were called strewberries due to the fact that they’re strewn among the plant’s leaves. The first garden strawberry was cultivated in France during the late 18th century, now this fruit can be cultivated in almost every corner of the globe. In fact the production of strawberries on a global scale reaches over 4 million tons!

You can celebrate this Food Holiday by donating Strawberry based items like (Fresh or Frozen Strawberries, Strawberry Jam, etc) to the Food Bank or a local food pantry.

Strawberries are a popular and rewarding plant to grow. The best time to plant them is during the late spring or summer. Strawberries are tough and will survive many conditions, but, during fruit formation, moisture is vital for the plant.

Strawberries are a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. The fruit is fat-free and cholesterol free. One cup of strawberries is only 49 calories, however most of those calories come from sugars.

When picking or buying strawberries choose only those that are plump, firm and completely red. Unless you are planning to freeze your strawberries or make jam be sure to not to buy more strawberries than you’ll be able to use up in two days as they mold quickly and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.

To celebrate National Strawberry Day we’d like to share this recipe Strawberry Spinach Salad.

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