Strawberries were originally used medicinally, especially the leaves, which were made into poultices.
They are perennial plants, meaning you one plant yields multiple harvests, and are productive for about 5 years. They aren’t technically berries, as the seeds are on the outside, and are members of the rose family!
Strawberries are native to North America as well as the Old World, and were said to have been growing in large quantities along the St. Lawrence River in the 16th century. By the 17th century, they were cultivated in England as well.
- Governor Simcoe
- Honey Eye
They’re also low in calories.
Avoid packs with crushed berries or that appear juice-stained.
When picking your own, do not squeeze the berries, but pick from the stems.
Refrigerate unwashed berries with hulls intact in a single layer, lightly covered.
Freeze whole or sliced in a single layer for 1 hour, then tightly pack in a freezer bag and seal.
Wash with cold water before using, but avoid soaking!
Pat dry gently with paper towels and hull.
|June and July|
Nutrition per 7 strawberries (84 g):
|Total Sugar||4 g|
|Total Dietary Fibre||1.9 g|
|Vitamin C||49 mg|
Provided by Health Canada