Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Strawberries
Strawberries are loaded with nutrients
our bodies seek, but what I find truly exciting about
strawberries is their ellagic acid content.
Ellagic acid is a unique enzyme that reduces and often
neutralizes the damaging effects of the carcinogen PAH
(commonly found in cigarette smoke and second-hand smoke).
The delicate heart-shaped strawberry has always implied
purity, passion and healing. It has been used in stories,
literature and paintings through the ages. But even more
important, strawberries can be both nutritious and
extremely delicious when juiced alone and with other
Here are a few of the questions we attempt to answer
- What vitamins and minerals are in Strawberries that
make them so good for us?
- What is the best method for juicing Strawberries?
- What are some great buying tips for Strawberries?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about strawberries that you might not find so easily elsewhere
on the Internet.
Let's learn more about strawberries...
Vitamins and Minerals
I love strawberries! All berries are good for
you but strawberries are among the very best. Allowed to
ripen naturally they are a fantastic source of vitamin C
and natural sugars that cleanse the system. Ounce for
ounce, strawberries are considered a better source for
vitamin C than even oranges! High in potassium and iron,
which is good for strengthening the blood, here is a
snapshot of the vitamins and minerals in
Vitamins in Strawberries
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Folate (important during pregnancy)
- Also contains trace amounts of other vitamins
including; Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, B-complex
Vitamins, Choline, and Pantothenic Acid.
Minerals in Strawberries
- Also contains trace amounts of zinc and copper.
Unfortunately, some people may exhibit an anaphylactoid
response when they eat strawberries. The most common form of
this reaction is Oral allergy syndrome, but symptoms
may also mimic Hay fever or include
dermatitis or hives, and in severe cases may
cause breathing problems.
Some research suggests that the allergen may be tied to the
red pigment of most strawberry cultivars, and as such
white/colorless strawberry cultivars may present a possible
option for strawberry allergy sufferers. Others suggest the
reaction (if mild) might be a reaction to eating strawberries
that are not fully ripe.
If you do have a reaction when eating strawberries, consult
with your doctor before juicing them (and/or eating them).
If you are not allergic to strawberries, the next time you
think about strawberries... think about how they might add a
powerful boost to your daily nutrition through juicing or in
your fruit smoothies.
Juicing Tips for
Juicing Strawberries can add both flavor and valuable
nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail. In fact, drinking
strawberry juice is a terrific way to get the full benefits of
these marvelous berries.
Here are a few tips for juicing strawberries that may help
turn your juicing experience into something you look forward to
and thoroughly enjoy.
After thoroughly cleaning your strawberries, they can be
popped into your juicer whole.
If your juicer has more than one speed, use the slowest
speed when juicing strawberries.
Because the juice is quite thick, you might want to mix it
with other juices to thin it. For examples, they go great with
grape juice and they also taste great when mixed with pineapple
You will want to use strawberries that are fully ripened on
the vine. The longer strawberries stay on the plant, the more
vitamin C they contain -- and the better they taste!
Just a few strawberries can strongly influence the taste of
most any juice. Experiment to get the best mix of flavors as
Purchasing Tips for
If you are unable to grow your own strawberries, then here
are a few tips for buying strawberries that may help you get
the freshest ingredients. We'll also include a few storing tips
for strawberries that you might find helpful.
If you live near a farm that grows pick-your-own
strawberries, you will want to go there during their
early-summer season so you get sweet, juicy, sun-ripened
Irrigated commercial farms (such as in California and other
agricultural states) are less tasty than those grown on small
farms but they are still a good choice for regular juicing.
Select red, firm, fragrant berries with a slight shine and
with the little green cap still attached.
Wash your strawberries in cold water and dry them stem side
down on absorbent paper or cloth towels.
When they are dry, store your strawberries loosely in an
open paper bag in the refrigerator where they will last for a
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Strawberries, as
well as a few helpful links if you want to
explore Strawberries further.
The strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria
in the rose family, along with apples and plums. The name of
the scientific classification was derived from the Old Latin
word for fragrant. The modern Italian word for strawberry is
The English and French used the beautiful
heart-shaped strawberries to landscape their gardens. In
fourteenth-century France, Charles V ordered twelve
hundred strawberry plants to be grown in the Royal Gardens
of the Louvre.
The second wife of Henry VIII, Queen Anne
Boleyn (1507-36), had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her
neck. Unfortunately, some claimed this fact proved she was a
The strawberry is recognized as representing
absolute perfection in the Victorian language of flowers.
Medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs
on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and
cathedrals, symbolizing perfection and righteousness.
Also in medieval times, strawberries were
served at important state occasions and festivals to ensure
peace and prosperity.
The strawberry is not classified by botanists
as a true berry. True berries, such as blueberries and
cranberries have seeds inside. The strawberry, however has its
dry, yellow "seeds" on the outside (each of which is actually
considered a separate fruit).
On the average, there are 200 tiny seeds on
The USA is the largest producer of strawberries
in the world. In fact, if all the strawberries produced in
California this year were laid berry to berry, they'd wrap
around the world 15 times. That's enough strawberries to
provide every U.S. household with 12 pint baskets.
One acre of land (about the size of one
football field) grows about 50,000 pounds of strawberries -
that's about the same weight as 4 elephants!
The wide distribution of wild strawberries is
largely from seeds sown by birds. It seems that when birds eat
the wild berries the seeds pass through them intact and in
reasonably good condition. The germinating seeds respond to
light rather than moisture and therefore need no covering of
earth to start growing.
One cup of fresh, fully ripened strawberries
provides about 88 milligrams of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C),
which more than meets the Recommended Daily Dietary allowance
of 45 milligrams for the average adult.
If you're expecting a baby, you'll be very
interested in some of the new discoveries about folic acid. In
fact, 8 strawberries have 20% of the folic acid you need every
Fresh juice from sieved strawberry pulp (juiced
in a juicer) has a cooling effect on feverish patients.
Strawberry juice combined with honey is said to
reduce inflammation or sunburn. Rub the mixture thoroughly into
the skin before rinsing off with warm water and lemon juice.
(Important Note: NEVER apply lemon juice to any skin that will
be exposed to the sun within 24 hours of applying!)
Did you know that strawberries rank number two
among the top ten fruits in antioxidant capacity?
Strawberries are a good source of pectin and
other soluble fibers that help lower cholesterol. In fact, as
well as being nutrient-rich, strawberries also provide an
abundance of heart-health benefits. Strawberries help control
three of the risk factors associated with heart disease: high
cholesterol, high blood pressure and high homocysteine
Cooking does not destroy ellagic acid, so even
strawberry pie and jam may be beneficial!
All strawberries are picked, sorted and packed
by hand in the field. The trays of strawberries are then rushed
to shipping facilities where they are cooled-down to about 34
degrees Fahrenheit. (A tray normally contains 12 one-pint
baskets.) Within 24 hours of harvest, the strawberries are
loaded on refrigerated trucks for delivery to local
supermarkets across the country.
Currently about two percent of the California
strawberry crop is certified organic by the California
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
Ever eaten a double strawberry? Legend holds
that if you break it in half and share it with a member of the
opposite sex, you will soon fall in love with each other.
Additional Sources and
Resources for Strawberries
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using