EXTENSION CONNECTION: Fill up nutritiously with strawberries

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

If you’re like me, you have been enjoying the strawberries this spring. Fortunately, we can purchase, pick, eat and preserve local produce!

However, the season is winding down, so savor these last few weeks of local strawberries!

The strawberry is the most popular berry in the United States. Strawberries are the only fruit with about 200 seeds on the outside.

Nutritional benefits are as follows:

•A 12-ounce container of strawberries has just 97 calories with no cholesterol, fat or sodium. One cup equals 55 calories.

•Eight strawberries provide 4 grams of fiber, 20 percent of the daily value for folate, and 140 percent of vitamin C — more than that in one orange.

•Strawberries are an important source of potassium, one of the minerals featured in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet developed to decrease blood pressure.

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