If, in France, we consume around 130,000 tonnes of strawberries a year, it’s probably because we love their little tangy taste, but also because strawberries stand out as the slimming fruit par excellence with only 35 Cal per 100 g. It is also one of the fruits richest in vitamin C (67.4 mg/100 g) and vitamin B9 (70.5g/100g).
What are the other benefits of strawberries?
The strawberry contains few minerals, but it displays a good potassium content (171mg/100g). This nutrient promotes heart health and helps regulate blood pressure. It can lower high blood pressure by acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium.
Its antioxidant content (65.34 mg/100 g) is higher than that of most other fruits. As this helps to fight against free radicals, the strawberry fights against cataracts and protects the retina from UV rays.
It displays a good balance between anti-constipation insoluble fibers and soluble fibers (pectin in particular), which capture fats and lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
How to choose and store them?
Of the 130,000 tonnes consumed in France, we produce far less than half…and on our table, they often come from Spain. However, strawberries are particularly sensitive to pesticides (especially since they are not peeled), and disappointments are frequent with beautiful strawberries… but far too bland.
Do you want to reconnect with the pleasure of taste? Choose them French, AOP (which brings together 350 producers in the territory, with a “High Environmental Value” certification) for real quality, and rather at the market or at the primeur than in the hypermarket: they will be better, fresher, and you will gain extra pleasure, without having to drown them in sugar or whipped cream!
Only problem: she vitamin C is fragile and oxidizes very quickly in the open air. Strawberries are therefore quickly crunched once purchased. If necessary, keep them 2 to 3 days maximum in the refrigerator, in the vegetable drawer (in a pierced paper bag), and take them out a little in advance so that they regain all their flavor.
In video: the recipe for strawberry soup
You can also prepare a strawberry coulis which you will cover your fromage blanc or your cheese strainer. The recipe is very simple: just mix 20 strawberries with 1 teaspoon of honey and a few pinches of vanilla powder.
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