While strawberries are available all year, they are best eaten in summer and early autumn when you can get them fresh.

Strawberries pack a big nutritional punch for their small size. They’re a great source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and folate.  They are also low GI and good for your heart.

Since strawberries don’t get any riper once picked, it’s always best to use them as soon as you can.

Frozen strawberries tend to be fresher, since they’re frozen soon after harvest. Once defrosted, the texture of the strawberry changes, which means they are best used for smoothies, pie fillings, or as a cold treat.

Recipe for a strawberry smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 strawberries
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of plain yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6 crushed ice cubes

Method

Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blender until smooth.

For a dairy free smoothie use coconut yoghurt and almond milk instead of regular milk and plain yoghurt.

Snacking on frozen strawberries are a great way to beat the heat in summer.

Fun fact

The strawberry is the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

Last Reviewed: 28/02/2021

myDr

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