Strawberries are a favourite fruit in many households, these sweet little red gems can be eaten alone, added to salads or made into a beautiful fresh summer crumble, they are a versatile and tasty fruit that also contain many health benefits.
Strawberries are fantastic for your skin containing alpha hydroxy acid and salicylic acid which can help to reduce hyper pigmentation, remove dead skin cells and assist in keeping the complexion clear and acne free. Additionally, these gems pack a big vitamin C punch, which is also great for a glowing complexion, helping boost collagen production and toning the skin as well as keeping your immune system high.
Due to their high fiber and water content strawberries assist with healthy digestion and keep you feeling fuller for longer, meaning that they are a great food for healthy weight maintenance and a perfect snack at any time of the day! The high antioxidant content of strawberries may also help to reduce inflammation, keeping your joints and heart healthy, and assisting in better health overall as inflammation is the root cause of most disease.
So there you go, strawberries aren’t only one of the tastiest fruits going around they are also one of the healthiest. Add them to smoothies, on top of your morning granola or porridge or try adding some to the next salad you make for a sweet fresh pop of flavour and gorgeous red colour.
Storage and prep tips – Always make sure to give your fresh strawberries a good wash before consuming. To make them last longer soak them in a vinegar and water solution, this will be made up of ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 ½ cups of water (double the quantities if you have more berries to soak). Place the strawberries into the solution for 5 minutes and then place them in a colander and rinse with water, the berries wont taste like vinegar at all as you wash it all off in this step! Pat dry the berries and then line the container you plan to store them in with paper towel, cover with a lid and they should last 1-2 weeks!