Strawberries have been traditionally connected to the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament since 1877 and here in the UK Wimbledon is synonymous with Sunshine, Strawberries and Fizz!
So here are some Strawberry Wow facts!
- 28,000 kilos of strawberries were consumed over the two weeks of Wimbledon 2014
- Strawberries can be grown in varied climates from Sweden to Africa
- it takes approx 30 days to go from flower to ripe fruit
- they are low calorie (unless you add sugar and cream!)
- they contain good fibre
- more Vitamin C than blackberries or oranges
- they contain Folate at about 25 mcg per serving
- also Beta-carotene that is converted into Vitamin A
- they should also contain the minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium if grown on good soil, as the Wimbledon Strawberries which all come from LEAF (Linked Environment And Farming) Farms in Kent.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
- The seeds are woody, insoluble fibre that is good for gut health. Unusually the seeds are exposed on the outside with a strand of fibre that runs to the middle of the fruit. These fibres have been shown to bind to toxins and cancer cells and aid removal from the body. see BeatCancer.org
- They contain phytochemicals that can help decrease blood pressure and be protective against heart disease
- They have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects and are thought to be good for kidneys/bladder
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