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Change your life by changing your diet!!! Your diet could save your life! Check out some of the research that's being done on berries!
 
 
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*Strawberries were used as a medicinal herb in the 13th Century in Rome.
*Strawberries have a museum dedicated to them in Belgium!
*Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
*Strawberries are the National Symbol of the Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity. Legend has it that a secret admirer sent them to one of their founding members, so one of their first socials was a strawberry social!!
*Strawberries for headaches??? They contain natural salicylates, an ingredient that's found in aspirin!

*The first important American variety, the Hovey, was grown in 1834 in Massachusetts.

In Roman times, the strawberry was valued for its therapeutic properties.
*Blackberries are very high in Vitamin C and fiber!
Have you 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.
*Strawberries are vital for super skin! They contain vitamin C, which helps keep skin firm and smooth. Strawberries also contain Vitamin A, which is vital to healthy hair and skin.
*Blackberries and strawberries are very high in ellagic acid which is an antioxidant that acts as a scavenger to help make potential cancer-causing chemicals inactive.  Ellagic Acid reduces the genetic damage caused by carcinogens like tobacco smoke and air pollution. They also contain other antioxidants that help lower cholesterol and ward off cardiovascular disease.
*Processing, such as cooking and freezing berries do not affect the phytochemical properties that they contain! This means that value-added products, such as our nectars, ciders, & jams etc... are still high in the healthy stuff!!!
*Blackberries are effective in the treatment of stomach problems, such as nausea, so we have given samples to chemotherapy patients to try.  Some of these patients have come back and bought the nectar by the case, so there must be something to it!
*Blackberries are one of the few fruits that contain heart-protective Vitamin E.  Berries also strengthen blood vessels , protecting eyesight and reducing heart disease and risk!
*Strawberries and Blackberries are fat free!
*Blackberries and Strawberries contain the highest levels of phytoestrogens, which have a possible roll in prevention of breast & cervical cancer.
*Some of the antioxidants in berries help fight the aging process! Blackberries are high in anthocyanins, which give them their color. These specific antioxidants help fight off the process of aging by fighting off the diseases associated with old age. Think about a metal saw rusting due to oxidation, the body deteriorates due to the effects of oxidation.
The second wife of Henry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn (1507-36), had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her neck. Unfortunately, some claimed this proved she was a witch.
**Most of the previous facts come from the Northland Berry News, and the USDA

 

How do you say... Strawberry???

Spanish--Fresa, Italian--Fragola, French--Fraise, Russian--Klubnika
Japanese--Ichigo, Hawaiian--Ohelo-papa, German--Erdberre, Finnish--Mansikka,

Blackberry??

Spanish--Mora, German--die Brombeere, French--mure, Italian--la mora, Dutch--Braambles

Nutritional Value of Strawberries

One serving of eight medium sized strawberries contains:

*140% of the US RDA allowance of Vitamin C
*20% of the daily value for folic acid
*NO FAT!!!  NO SODIUM!!! Cholesterol Free!!! YEA!!!
*Only 50 Calories!
*Source of potassium, folacin, and dietary fiber.

Picking Directions

When picking, be sure the cap remains on the strawberry by pinching the stem of the berry between the thumb and forefinger.  (The cap is the green top).  This procedure will prevent damage to both the fruit and the strawberry plant.  When selecting berries look for the ones that are firm, yet fully ripe (Red all the way to the top!!! It will not ripen after being picked!!!!!! If you pick a green berry--you will have a green berry!).  Store ripe berries in the refrigerator, but do not remove the caps or wash the berries until you are ready to use them.  When caps are removed before use, the berries lose some of their moisture.  Washing early tends to bruise them and the berries lose their freshness.  Arrange berries in a shallow container, or in picking container, and keep at 35 degrees F. for best results. 
Any strawberry or blackberry questions? If so--email them to laura@southerngracefarms.com!

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