Ever since Marsha posted that beautiful picture of strawberries a few days ago I couldn’t get them out of my mind. When it comes to getting fresh fruit, living in California (the largest US producer of strawberries in the US), can be a blessing – because right now our markets are loaded with them.
Unfortunately, ‘fresh fruit’ doesn’t always translate to great tasting. There is still a preponderance of hydroponically grown produce that reach our markets which are often unripe and tasteless. And as y’all know, there’s a big difference when produce is allowed to grow naturally and ripen on the vine and when it does, it’s yum!
Like all fresh fruit, strawberries can be expensive, although usually not as expensive as other berries. If you haven’t put a big, ripe strawberry in your mouth in a while – get to it! You may be very surprised how sweet and satisfying they are. Dipped in a little dark chocolate and you have a scrumptious healthy treat. And not that it really matters, because they’re just good eatin’, but one cup of sliced strawberries has only 50 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, and almost 4 grams of fiber. Not to mention they are filled with high levels of phytochemicals.
One more consideration. Whenever possible, look into buying your produce locally. This way you make sure to get the freshest and best produce and it’s a great way to help local agriculture stay viable while adding to the quality of life in your region.
For more on how to buy fresh fruits read what the USDA has to say here.