Ingredient of the Week, March 6: Strawberries
The Name Strawberry was derived from the berries that are "strewn" about on the plants, and "strewn berry" eventually became "Strawberry".
They are from the Rosaceae family (the same family that roses are in). They are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant's stamen. Strawberry seeds are on the outer skin, instead of in the inner berry, There are about 200 seeds per berry.
One cup of strawberries (144 grams) contains approximately 45 calories.
The berries are non-fat and low in calories, rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber, and vitamin B6. Over history the strawberries have been used in medicines. They have been used for sunburn, discolored teeth, digestion, and gout. As far back as the 13th century,the Strawberry was used as an anaphrodisiac.
Strawberries were served at medieval state events, they symbolized prosperity, peace, and perfection. The most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year, when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches by properly attired English. It is also known that Russian empresses also loved them.
American Indians allegedly invented Strawberry shortcake, mashing berries in meal to make bread the colonists enjoyed.
I love the smell of them and of course, the taste. Strawberry shortcake, Sprawberry pie, Strawberry sundae, Strawberry preserves, in salads, or just for eating out of hand. What is your favorite way of eating them? Please share your favorite recipes.