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|Strawberry Care and Handling
The best strawberries are the ones you pick yourself or buy from Greenbank Farm, or your local farm. These are the freshest you can get, with little or no handling and travel. Nothing beats the flavour and fragrance of fresh-picked strawberries. Also watch for locally-grown strawberries in your local supermarket during the fruiting season.
Strawberries are a significant source of fibre in the diet. They are also sources of iron, calcium, and Vitamin A.
Strawberries are high in ellagic and ferulic acid, both of which have very high antioxidant capacities. In laboratory tests, strawberries ranked third in these substances out of all fruits and vegetables tested.
One serving of fresh strawberries (one cup or about 6-9 berries) contains:
Frozen strawberries retain all the nutritional benefits of fresh strawberries
Packing with sugar: Slice berries in halves or thirds. Mix with sugar (six cups sliced fruit to one cup sugar). Allow to stand until sugar dissolves (about 10-15 minutes). Pack the fruit and juice into freezer bags or containers. Leave ¼ inch of space in pint containers.
Packing without sugar: Strawberries may also be packed whole or sliced without sugar or with minimal sugar, but the colour and texture of the thawed fruit won't be as good.
Good for kids: Let kids cap and pack their choice of berries into pint yoghurt containers and freeze. For a quick, nutritious snack, thaw container slightly in the microwave and let kids eat their partially frozen berries straight from the container.