Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Strawberry Season is here!

I recently learned that 88% of the nation’s strawberries are grown and harvested in California and this yeargrowers will be picking nearly 6 million crates of delicious, ripe strawberries.

Tell your kids:

  • If you lined up all of the strawberries grown in California in one straight line, they would wrap around the entire Earth 15 times.
  • About this guessing game! Have them guess how many seeds are on each strawberry. (There are about 200 seeds on the outside of each strawberry.)
  • California harvests over a billion pounds of strawberries annually.
  • One acre of land (about the size of one football field) grows about 50,000 pounds of strawberries - that's the same weight as 4 elephants!

For us parents, it’s worth knowing:

  • Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants and rank second among the top ten fruits in antioxidant capacity: one serving of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than an orange.
  • Strawberries may help reduce the risk of heart disease, fight some types of cancer and lower blood pressure. Not bad for a little red berry!
  • The antioxidants in strawberries also aid in memory performance and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, two key factors that can cause age-related diminished brain function.

There is a web site just for young children called Strawberryville.com, with tons of fun animation, interactive games, activities, recipes(for mom and dad) and facts about the little red fruits of yummyness.

We eat so many strawberries, especially in a low calorie shortcake, I know we're about to turn into strawberries in our house!

1 comment:

Daisy said...

Yum! I'm headed to our farmers market on Saturday morning, and I'll be looking for strawberries.