The arrival of local strawberries is an early sign that summer has arrived. Often one of the first fruits to show up at your local farmers market, these delicious fruits have many benefits. Over history, strawberries have been used in medicine, as a treatment for sunburn, to restore discolored teeth, and as an aid in digestion. Experts agree strawberries are superstars when it comes to antioxidant power. Just a single cup of strawberries will provide you with more than your daily dose of vitamin C, and they can assist you in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Strawberries are a diet friendly food—they are fat free, low in calories, rich in vitamins C and B6, fiber, and folic acid. Plus, they taste great!
Fun fact: Did you know that the outer shell of a strawberrycontains over 200 seeds? These seeds, known as achenes to botanists, are what make strawberries rich in fiber.