Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Don't Judge A Strawberry By Its Color !
Yes, it's strawberry season! Like the picture taken above at my local farmer's market, these strawberries are hypnotic in color and perfection. Warning! Don't fall for it! Why? These strawberries are NOT organic. They are full of pesticides! Strawberries are low lying fruit and as they typically lay on the ground while growing, they are also soaking up pesticides. Only buy organic! If I can't find organic strawberries during the off-season, I'll buy frozen organic strawberries and place them in a glass container in the fridge (there is no loss of nutrients in frozen fruit). Also, if you enjoy strawberry jam or jelly, look for the organic label on the jar. Now, that you know how to shop for strawberries, include them in your diet everyday. According to the USDA's analysis of antioxidant capacity, strawberries came in second to blueberries. They are also rich in dietary fiber, manganese and contain more vitamin C than any other berry!