Superfood!Like all of our
products here at Bella Viva Orchards, strawberries are chock-full of nutrients
in addition to their superb flavor. Strawberries contain many important dietary
components including vitamin C, minerals, folate, dietary fiber, and are a rich
source of beneficial phytochemical (naturally
occurring chemical compounds found in plants) compounds. In
the past ten years, there have been various research studies done to discover
more about the effect of antioxidants in strawberries. Strawberries are a good
source of antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of a variety of chronic
disease conditions such as obesity ,
infections  , cardiovascular and neurological
and cancer . Additionally,
recent studies have shown that dietary fiber and fructose contents may
contribute in regulating blood sugar levels by slowing digestion. The fiber
content in strawberries also contributes to the control of overall calorie
intake by its satiating effect. Strawberries are also a source of healthy,
essential fatty acids because strawberry seed oil is rich in unsaturated fatty
5 Strawberry Facts -
Did you know?
we think of as the “seeds” on the outside of the strawberry are actually the
true “fruits”, called achenes.
The large red fleshy structure that we call the “berry” is actually a greatly
enlarged stem end called a receptacle.
Therefore, botanically speaking, a strawberry is not a berry at all! 
However, strawberries are considered a “berry crop” in the marketing,
nutrition, and culinary realms.(2) Due
to strawberries being the most economically and commercially important and
widely consumed berry, they are among the most studied berries from the
agronomic, genomic, and nutritional points of view. 1(3) Strawberries
are grown in every state in the U.S. and every province of Canada. California
produces 88 percent of the nation's strawberry crops. In 2012, more than 2
billion pounds of strawberries were harvested. California strawberries are
available January through November, with peak quality and supply from March to
May. (4) Strawberries are in the Rosacea (Rose) family –
along with stone fruits (such as peaches, cherries, apricots, and plums)
raspberries, apples, pears, and of course, roses! 7(5) There
is a town in California named “Strawberry”!
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