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It’s strawberry week at Big Barn!

With all the wet weather around it’s hard to believe that summer is really here! Even if this weather isn’t overly convincing, you know it’s summer when you find yourself gorging on delicious Strawberries.

There’s plenty of strawberries to buy and eat, pick your own, or you can have a go at growing your own. Like nearly all fruit, you can find the freshest, ripest, strawberries at their best, from either your garden, fresh from the field or form your local farm shop. They’re rarely found in the supermarket where shelf life is considered more important than taste.

Here are some fun facts about strawberries:

1. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

2. Most supermarket strawberries are the El Santa variety specially bred to be picked before ripe and last a long time on the shelf.

3. Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championshipsimages

4. Wimbledon may have 64 players, who’re seeded, in the competition, but did you know there are about 200 seeds on every strawberry?!

5. A 100g serving of strawberries contains just 50 calories and 0g of fat!

6. Strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

The BigBarn local food map

The BigBarn local food map

7. They are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

8. Also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry’s red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries.

9. You might be amazed at home much Vitamin C is in strwaberries! We only need eight strawberries to consume more vitamin C than an orange or 140% of our daily recommended amount.

10. Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.

11. The strawberry and raspberry plants, are members of the rose family.
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12. Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.

13. Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favourite fruit.

14. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside

 

If those facts aren’t enough to convince you to enjoy some fantastic local strawberries this summer, I don’t know what would be. You can find your local producers and Pick Your Owns using our local food map, or you can purchase yourself some plants to grow and produce fruit every year.

If you have a favourite fruit recipe that you’d like to share, or any other recipe, and would like the chance to win a prize, please video your recipe and add it to KIS (Keep it Simple) Cookery. Please have a look at existing videos here and try and keep your video less than 2 minutes long.

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