National Strawberry Day Facts

Mitch Denton   |   February 26, 2020
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Today is National Strawberry Day, so to celebrate, RipeTime is bringing you all the nutritional and fun facts around Strawberries.

The Strawberry is a beautifully sweet, aromatic, fibre-rich fruit, packed with vitamins and antioxidants. The peak season for strawberries being typically April through June, but generally speaking, you can get strawberries year round.

In honour of this wonder-fruit, here are some fun and nutritional facts about the Strawberry.

25 Fun facts about the Strawberry

  1. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  2. There are 103 distinct species and subspecies of strawberry plants.
  3. Technically berries have seeds on the inside and they don’t come from a single ovary, so strawberries are really in a group all their own.
  4. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  5. Majority of the roots are located in the top 3 inches of soil.
  6. About 1 billion pounds of the berry is produced each year in California alone, with 10 million baskets of strawberries are shipped daily during harvest time in California.
  7. Ancient Romans used the berries to treat everything from depression to fever and sore throats.
  8. The flavour is influenced by weather, variety, and ripeness when harvested.
  9. The perfect temperature for strawberry plants is between 55 and 78 degrees.
  10. Strawberry’s botanical name is “Fragaria ananassa.”
  11. Strawberry word has taken from Old English words “steowberie” and “streawbelige”.
  12. Strawberry is a member of the rose family and it is the only fruit which has seeds outside.
  13. Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges and they help in reducing inflammations.
  14. Strawberries, while known for their red colour can also come in yellow, blue, white, black and purple colour.
  15. Strawberries help in reducing weight too, especially your abdominal fat.
  16. The strawberry is not classified by botanists as a true berry.
  17. There are mainly three different kind of strawberries: Overbearing, June-bearing, and day neutral.
  18. Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate. This has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles.
  19. Strawberry plants tolerate almost any garden soil, but the richer the soil, the larger the crop will be.
  20. Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.
  21. Strawberries mainly consist of water (91%) and carbohydrates (7.7%). They contain only minor amounts of fat (0.3%) and protein (0.7%).
  22. In Sweden, strawberries are a traditional dessert served on St John’s Day, also known as Midsummer’s Eve.
  23. Giant strawberries can be as large as apples.
  24. Strawberries help with brain functionality.
  25. Strawberries at room temperature are sweeter than cold strawberries.

Nutrition Facts

The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for 1 cup (152g) of strawberry halves.

  • Calories: 49
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 11.7g
  • Fibre: 3g
  • Sugars: 7.4g
  • Protein: 1g

Carbohydrates

Strawberries are a voluminous fruit, containing few calories and carbohydrate in a large portion. One cup of strawberries contains only 49 calories and provides 3 grams of fibre and only 12 grams of carbohydrate, resulting in 9 grams of net carbs. Strawberries have more insoluble fibre than soluble fibre.

Strawberries have a low glycemic index of 40. The glycemic index of a food is an indication of how much and how fast a food raises your blood sugar. They also have a low glycemic load of 1.5, which takes into account the serving size. These indicators show strawberries should have little effect on your blood glucose or insulin response.

Fats

Strawberries are extremely low in fat at less than half a gram in a cup of berries. Most of the fat is polyunsaturated, with a smaller percentage of monounsaturated and very little saturated. A cup of strawberries also provides 99 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 137 milligrams of omega-6 fatty acids.

Protein

Like most fruits, strawberries are low in protein, with only 1 gram per cup. If you want to balance protein with carbs when eating strawberries, you can eat them with yogurt or other foods that provide protein.

Micronutrients

A cup of strawberries provides more than a day's worth of vitamin C and 9 percent of the daily value of folate. Folic acid is essential in fetal development and helps to produce and maintain new cells. Other vitamins are present in values below 5 percent. As for minerals, strawberries are a significant source of manganese, with 29 percent of the daily value in a cup, and 7 percent of your daily needs for potassium. Strawberries have lesser amounts of iron, calcium, copper, and phosphorus.

Health Benefits 

Strawberries are rich in fibre, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants such as anthocyanins and quercetin. Adequate amounts of insoluble fibre can help maintain bowel health. A diet rich in potassium can aid in preventing high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease.

Quercetin, a flavonoid found in strawberries, may have effects in reducing inflammation, blood pressure, and other risk factors for cardiovascular conditions. Anthocyanins are plant pigments that provide the red colour in strawberries. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may prove to be important for health.

The health benefits may come from eating fruits and vegetables them in their natural form rather than trying to isolate various compounds as supplements. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most people should be doubling their fruit and vegetable consumption to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight.

 

So there you have it, some fun and informative facts surround the Strawberry on its National recognised day.

 

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