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Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month: Fun facts about this delicious berry!

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


They're not only delicious, but they're good for you, too!

They’re not only delicious, but they’re good for you, too!

Did you know that Florida is the second-largest strawberry producer in America?  In fact, our neighbor to the east, Plant City, is known as the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.” Because of our warm climate, growers in our state are able to harvest their berries from November until the end of March, while other U.S. production areas are dormant.

Florida berries are delicious AND packed with important nutrients – two great reasons to celebrate this fantastic crop! Today, Brevard Medical Equipment brings you 10 fun facts about this powerful little fruit.

  • Strawberries are high in potassium, Vitamin K, and magnesium, which are all important for bone health.
  • Eating eight strawberries a day has been shown to lower blood pressure and to have positive effects on memory and heart health.
  • Strawberries are packed with antioxidants that can improve cholesterol and increase eye health, along with high levels of Vitamin C, which can boost immunity and help prevent cancer.
  • You can dip your strawberries in dark chocolate for a double health treat, as dark chocolate has been shown to help keep white blood cells from sticking to blood vessel walls.
  • Strawberries are picked at their full ripeness, unlike some other fruits, which don’t ripen until after they’re harvested.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside! The average berry has about 200 seeds.
  • A bit of balsamic vinegar, lemon, or orange juice can bring out the flavor of strawberries.
  • Need a memory boost? The anthocyanins in strawberries have been shown to increase short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks.
  • Strawberries are high in fiber, and one cup of the fruit contains only 54 calories.
  • Strawberries have a long history! Evidence that they grew wild in Italy has been found dating back to 234 B.C, and as early as 1300 A.D., the French began cultivating strawberries to use them medicinally.

Here at Brevard Medical Equipment, we are proud of our Florida strawberry farmers! This month, help us celebrate by enjoying their fabulous berries and the health benefits that come along with them.

You might even consider checking out the annual Florida Strawberry Festival, which is hosted by Plant City and runs from February 26th to March 8th this year. And, as always, if we can be of assistance to you, don’t hesitate to give our experts a call at 321-453-3370!