Strawberries are an absolute perennial favorite in summer when it comes to refining all kinds of desserts. It is also known as the “queen of berries”.
The strawberry originally comes from North and South America until it finally came to Europe and belongs to the rose family.
Today, a large part of world production comes from the USA, but Spain, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Poland and Mexico are also important producing countries. In Austria, however, regional and European strawberries are primarily used.
We have strawberries all year round. They are available from local cultivation from May to July . Strawberries can be imported from EU countries almost all year round. Only the months of December and January have to be covered by global imports.
Ripe strawberries are easy to recognize by their color. Once they are deep red, they taste best and sweetest. Strawberries that are still a little white are also ready-to-eat, but they don’t taste as aromatic.
Tip: Strawberries should not be harvested too early as they no longer ripen. That means at least 2/3 of the fruit surface should be red, then the fruit is ripe.
The taste of strawberries can be described simply: They taste sweet. However, it is a pleasant sweetness that allows the aroma of the strawberries to come into their own.
The less sun the strawberries get and the earlier they are harvested, the less sweet they are. Therefore, the aroma of strawberries that are available in winter can hardly be compared with the aroma of local strawberries in summer.
Info: The small, sweet fruits consist of 90 percent water and have only 32 kilocalories and only 5.5 g of carbohydrates per 100 grams.
Use in the kitchen
Strawberries must be carefully washed before consumption, as the fruits are very sensitive to pressure if they should only be washed off or very carefully washed under running water.
You can easily remove the green stem from the strawberry with a knife. To do this, you take the knife carefully on the blunt side of the blade and stab the base of the handle with the blunt tip of the blade.
For example, strawberries are used in ice creams, creams and desserts, jams, cocktails, cakes and pies and much more.
Strawberries go well with:
- various citrus fruits (e.g. oranges)
- Seafood (e.g. shrimp)
- Pine nuts
Apart from that, they also taste great as a snack between meals, either pure, with sugar, with chocolate or with whipped cream.
Storage / shelf life
Unfortunately, strawberries spoil very quickly and are not particularly storable. With the greens, unwashed, covered in a cool place, preferably in the vegetable drawer, they will keep for 2-3 days.
Important: When storing, you should sort out damaged fruits immediately, as they quickly grow mold.
If fruits are damaged, they should be removed immediately, as mold quickly spreads to the other strawberries.
Tip: You should take the small fruits out of the refrigerator around 1 hour before consumption so that they can fully develop their aroma.
Nutritional value / active ingredients
Strawberries are not only delicious, but can also support health thanks to their beneficial composition.
- The minerals sodium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium as well as vitamins B1, B2, C and provitamin A ensure that consumers are well supplied.
- Strawberries strengthen the immune system and promote metabolism.
- They have a draining effect. Strawberries promote cell growth and blood formation.
- Due to the large amount of hard-to-digest fiber, they have little energy value for the body and thus support healthy intestinal activity.
- The small fruit can lower the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
- They contain antioxidant plant pigments that protect cells, lower blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Info: With around 60 mg of vitamin C, strawberries contain more than oranges (50 mg).
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