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Celebrating Strawberries

By September 21, 2008

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With spring comes strawberries, and lots of them. Queensland is Australia's largest grower of strawberries producing approximately 75 million punnets a year.

One of my favorite ways to prepare the much-loved berries is to dip them in chocolate. They're a guaranteed crowd pleaser and they're so easy to make.

For something a little old fashioned, try out this strawberry jam. Nothing beats the intense flavor of homemade jam or the chunks of real strawberry that burst in your mouth.

Sometimes I like to start my morning off with a healthy strawberry & yogurt smoothie. It's not too heavy or too sweet and often keeps me going until lunchtime...just in time for a strawberry & mixed green salad tossed with apple, toasted pinenuts and Gruyere cheese.

Strawberry Facts
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family
  • Strawberries are the only fruit to have their seeds on the outside
  • Strawberries are high in vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidants and dietary fiber
  • It's best to eat strawberries raw to benefit from its nutrients
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in Spring
  • Photo: S. Wongkaew (2008) licensed to About.com, Inc


September 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm
(1) Ryan says:

Great looking strawberries. Got some wild strawbs growing near my house but they’re tiny, the size of peas.

September 23, 2008 at 3:45 pm
(2) Renata says:

Try dipping strawberries in freshly ground black pepper. Sounds bizarre but it really complements the flavours.

September 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm
(3) Andrew says:

My wife likes to add rose petals from our garden to her jam. I thought it was a bit strange at first but now the flavor has grown on me and I think it’s quite lovely.

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