Wimbledon would not be Wimbledon without strawberries and cream, but did you know that this little red gem, has great health benefits too!
Ever since 1877, when the four grand slams were first played, the strawberry become a traditional accompaniment to tennis. Did you know that according to the CNN news, over 28000 Kg at eaten at Wimbledon every year!
So why strawberries?
“It was probably two things — strawberries were in season at the time the tournament was played, and in Victorian England they had become a fashionable thing to eat,” explains Johnny Perkins, the All England Club’s head of PR.
“They were part of afternoon tea, which had become a fashionable ritual, and that took root at Wimbledon.”
It may be difficult for some to resist a perfectly ripe strawberry, but don’t resist temptation, as they have great health benefits to.
The strawberry is said to be is one of the most popular berry fruits in the world and there are more than 10 species that differ in flavour, size and texture. They all have the same heart-shaped, red flesh and seeded coat with small, leafy green caps.Strawberries are not actually fruits as their seeds are on the outside and are actually a member of the rose family.
Strawberries are said to be an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red. They have been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion. Strawberries are rich in colourful pigments which have a protective effect and are thought to have a number of potential health benefits, including prevention of inflammatory conditions and heart disease.
|A 100g serving of strawberries contains:|
|30 calories||0.5g fat||6.1g carbohydrate||3.8g fibre|
The strawberry season in the UK runs from the end of May through July.
It may come as a surprise to learn that strawberries are a common allergen. If you have allergies to birch pollen, you are more likely to develop a secondary food allergy to strawberries. Most common symptoms are experienced in the mouth and throat – tingling, itching, watery eyes and runny nose
Strawberries are a popular addition to dairy products such as ice cream and smoothies and also great additions to bakes and cheesecakes, of course don’t forget the classic, strawberry jam! They can be used to sweeten salads. Why not try this simple smoothie for your breakfast
Berry Breakfast Smoothie
1 small ripe banana
140g berries (can use a mix of different berries)
Apple juice or mineral water
Slice the banana into your blender or food processor and add the berries of your choice. Whizz until smooth. With the blades whirring, pour in juice or water to make the consistency you like. Toss a few extra fruits on top, drizzle with honey and serve.
Recipe from Good Food magazine
So even if you don’t make it to Wimbledon, there is every good reason to make Strawberries part of your “five a day” this summer.