As well as growing up on a sheep property, we also had a large strawberry farm. So you could say I know a thing or two about strawberries!
My father had quite a strawberry production and we had many local and international ladies working for us during the picking season, including myself when I got roped in. It was year long process of growing our delicious strawberries, with the success of one crop all dependent on uncertain weather conditions.
Our strawberries were picked fresh, packed and sent on the train to the Sydney farmers markets in the early hours of the morning. I have fond memories of going to our little local train station with my father, the truck full with punnets of strawberries. Our strawberries were well known locally and were popular with tourists picking their own on the weekends.
Strawberries are a very versatile fruit that can be eaten fresh whole, cut up fresh for fruit salads or desserts, stewed, cooked, to make jam, or frozen.
Strawberries are packed full of flavor and healthy benefits. Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fibre. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160% of your daily needs for vitamin C.
Nutritional breakdown of strawberries:
Serving Size: 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (166 grams)
- Calories: 50
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 11.65 grams
- Dietary Fiber: 3.81 grams
- Calcium: 23.24 mg
- Iron: 0.63 mg
- Magnesium: 16.60 mg
- Phosphorus: 31.54 mg
- Potassium: 44.82 mg
- Selenium: 1.16 mg
- Vitamin C: 94.12 mg
- Folate: 29.38 mcg
- Vitamin A.
Strawberries are a powerhouse of antioxidants which all have been shown to have protective effects against certain types of cancer. Strawberries also assist with the likelihood of heart disease and diabetes. So pack some strawberries in your lunch box for a delicious and healthy snack.
So do I like strawberries now? I get asked this all the time! Well sometimes! I have eaten, picked, packed and seen enough strawberries to last a few lifetimes! I still grow them in my veggie patch however they are no where near as good as my fathers strawberries! However I always serve strawberries to guests as they make a great healthy cheese platter or dessert addition and still an old favourite for a lot of people!