Leduc Strawberries

strawberries

  • Quarts

  • 12 lb flats

Due to the nature of fresh strawberries, they are not available for shipping or online purchase. For fresh berry pre-ordering and pickup information, please call 269-657-3871 or visit one of our retail locations. 

Directions for Freezing strawberries

Since strawberries often go bad before you can eat them all, freezing them is a good way to keep them on hand for smoothies, jam, and other recipes that call for strawberries.

To freeze strawberries, first wash them well and remove the stems and leaves, then pat them dry.

You can freeze them whole or slice them before freezing depending on what you plan to use them for.

Place strawberries on a cookie sheet with a lip in a single layer and freeze for 24 hours. The reason to freeze them on the cookie sheet for the first 24 hours is so they won't freeze together in a clump.

After about 24 hours, move them to plastic freezer bags or an airtight container and keep frozen until ready for use.

Nutritional Benefits of the Strawberry

The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you. These potent little packages protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food.

They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides more vitamin C than an orange.This member of the rose family isn’t really a fruit or a berry but the enlarged receptacle of the flower. Choose medium-sized berries that are firm, plump, and deep red; once picked, they don’t ripen further. First cultivated in ancient Rome, strawberries are now the most popular berry fruit in the world. In provincial France, they were regarded as an aphrodisiac. These red gems may be good for your heart in more ways than one.

Strawberry Fun Facts!

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

  • The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.

  • To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.

  • In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

  • Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily.

  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

  • There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.

  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

  • Ninety-four percent of US households consume strawberries.

  • Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per capita.

  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium

  • Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day fruit & vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer & heart attacks.

  • In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

  • Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.

  • In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac. A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.

  • Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.

  • Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.

  • In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.


 For great Leduc berry recipes and ideas on how to use your berries, visit our recipe page.

Thanks to the following online information sources:

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/how-to-freeze-strawberries.html

http://www.pickyourown.org/strawberries_freezing.htm

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/nutritional-benefits-of-the-strawberry