So what’s growing fresh on the vine in California and being shipped to markets all over America? You guessed it – strawberries! Like all fresh fruit, strawberries can be expensive, but not as expensive as some other berries. If you haven’t put a big, fresh, ripe strawberry in your mouth in a while – do it. You may be very surprised how satisfying they are. Dipped in a little dark chocolate and you have a scrumptious healthy treat.
Strawberries are fragile fruits, and you have to treat them nicely to get the best result. They need to be kept cool once you get them home, and don’t wash or cap them until you’re ready to use them. 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 and are filled with high levels of the phytochemicals.
Whenever possible look into buying your produce locally. This way you make sure to get the freshest and best produce. It’s helping local agriculture stay viable and adds to our quality of life in your region.
For more on how to buy fresh fruits read what the USDA has to say here.