Fresh strawberries are pretty awesome. A bright red, ripe, juicy strawberry is one of the most irresistible fruits mother nature can offer. Of course, it’s very much appreciated when turned into desserts and jams. Not only are they pretty to look at and delicious to eat, but also their health benefits are spectacular. They are well-suited for home gardens since they are hardy plants that only need moderate effort.
Strawberries are easy to grow.
If you plan to enter the world of growing fruit in your own home, strawberries are among the best choices. It’s among the only fruits suitable for small spaces. You don’t need a lot of ground to grow and harvest strawberries, unlike fruits that grow on trees and need a lot of space for roots to grow. Strawberries can fit within small space constraints or fill huge garden plots. They can also be grown in a pot or a container to be placed on your deck, patio, porch, balcony, or window boxes.
Strawberries can also act as a low ground cover, or you can put them to work as edible edgings for your garden. You may also let them sprawl over the top of the wall. To grow strawberries, you don’t need to buy any fancy or specialized equipment.
One of the biggest benefits of growing strawberries comes from their perennial nature. You can reap the fruits of your labor for several years after initially planting strawberries with minimal effort after the first year you have planted. Once cared for properly, the strawberry plants usually produce a full quart of strawberries.
The best-tasting strawberries are freshly picked.
Homegrown strawberries are far more flavorful than the ones you’ll find in the grocery store. Its aroma and juiciness are unmatched by its supermarket counterparts. It’s because the sugar in berries converts to starch soon as it’s picked.
Unlike most fruits, strawberries do not ripen when picked. They start rotting once picked. So make sure to store them in the fridge right away to preserve them if you’re not going to eat them right away, or better yet, freeze them. Keep them dry so they won’t mold.
You can avoid pesticides.
Perhaps an even more compelling reason to consider growing strawberries in your own garden is to avoid consuming pesticides. When you buy strawberries in stores and eat them, you inevitably eat pesticides. Even after washing the fruits, store-bought strawberries often have residual pesticides left on them.
According to the Environmental Working Group, commercial strawberries are often ranking poorly on the list of the most contaminated produce items. Growing your own strawberries allows you to know exactly what you are eating.
You can gain many health benefits from fresh strawberries.
Small and tasty, the strawberry is one of the best fruits to eat, especially when it’s homegrown and hand-picked. The heart-shaped silhouette of the fruit itself is the first clue that this fruit is good for the body. Here are some of the health benefits you can get from eating strawberry fruit:
It helps keep your weight healthy.
Since strawberries are high in dietary fiber, they can help normalize bowels, control blood sugar, maintain bowel health, and achieve a healthy weight. Fiber can slow down digestion, which allows you to feel full longer after you eat. Since a serving of strawberries is high in fiber but low in calories, it makes for a perfect snack for anyone looking to lose weight.
It fights cancer.
A number of studies have shown that strawberries can help prevent several types of cancers through their ability to fight inflammation and oxidative stress. It can also inhibit tumor formation. The protective effects of strawberries might be driven by the ellagitannins and ellagic acid it contains.
It helps regulate blood sugar.
Strawberries are a healthy choice of fruit for people with diabetes or those who wish to avoid high-sugar diets. The fiber in the berries can help regulate blood sugar and keep it stable. It can also slow down glucose digestion and reduce spikes in both insulin and glucose.
It’s good for the heart.
Regularly eating strawberries is good for the heart. Berries are found to improve good cholesterol levels, blood pressure, vascular function, and blood oxidant status. The high concentrate of anthocyanin in strawberries has been found to lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and make blood vessels more elastic.
It helps repair the body.
The vitamin C in strawberries is important for repairing and growing the tissues all over the body. It can help heal wounds and maintain healthy teeth and bones. It also supports the production of collagen, which is beneficial in forming the ligaments, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, and skin. Consuming strawberries daily would offer improved muscle function and decreased soreness of the muscles after an exercise.
It increases energy.
Strawberries contain simple carbohydrates that can turn into energy more quickly, making it a great afternoon or pre-workout snack. The fiber content in strawberries can help you feel satiated without feeling bogged down.
It prevents mental decline.
Strawberries can help keep your brain young. Regularly consuming berries can help fight the inevitable mental decline that happens as we age. A study discovered that regular consumption of berries helps delay memory decline by an average of two years. Berries are also shown to reduce brain inflammation and improve cognition.
The leaves also have medicinal and nutritional value.
Strawberry leaves boast of nutritional and medicinal value as well. The leaves are rich in bioactive natural resources and contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
Strawberry roots and leaves can act as a diuretic. These have long been used against bladder and kidney disorders.
Use and consume strawberry leaves in the form of tea. Infuse the leaves and the fruit in boiling water. Eat it with strawberry salad and keep the leaves intact. Soak the strawberries in balsamic vinegar and enjoy. Strawberry leaves can also be added to salads, salsa, soup, and cheese.