Anniversary edition!!! Wow, the Tutorial Thursday is now half a century old…. Not! But still, we want to celebrate the 50th edition just a little bit. And the summer, of course. So what could be more fitting than a sweet topic?
It is strawberry season! The funny thing is, though: strawberries are actually no berries at all. What they really are, why they are still very healthy, and why you should include more berries in your diet in general is this week’s topic of our Tutorial Thursday.
We are right in the middle of summer, and not just calendrically and meteorologically because the temperatures are climbing and climbing here in Germany. This is also the time when the fruit and vegetable product range in the supermarkets changes (at least if your grocer of choice has a seasonal offering). You might also have noticed all the little huts and stands all around town or in the parking lot of a hardware store etc. where people sell seemingly infinite amounts of strawberries.
But if you look at it from a botanical point of view, the name strawberry is misleading because it actually is a aggregate accessory fruit, not a botanical berry. Just like the rosehip for example. The actual seeds of the strawberry plant are the small green nuts on the red body of its fruit. A genius concept: give your offspring a bed of nutrients and design it interesting for other creatures so they will carry them out into the world. The red color attracts attention and the sweet taste draws all kinds of gourmets.
We as humas also find it hard to resist! But unfortunately (for the strawberry) we tend to release the seed not into nature but into a ceramic container that leads to the local sewer and is thus a dead-end. But in this case it is good to be egoistic: strawberries are very healthy and provide us with many important nutrients. There is a huge amount of antioxidants for such a little fruit. These help our body to disarm free radicals. Some of these antioxidants are the so-called phenolics, the dye and tannin of the fruits, and also several different vitamins. Vitamin C, for example, has a big positive impact on your health and can be found in great numbers in strawberries.
Additionally, the carbohydrates of the strawberry mostly consist of polysaccharides, more specifically pectin. This is indigestible for humans, thus it doesn’t supply calories and yet still supports our intestinal flora as fibre.
Harvest season of the big red berries is between May and July. The more sun the get the riper and sweeter they taste. They can be processed to the most different meals or you can just enjoy them pure.
In addition to strawberries there are several other fruits that we count as berries although they actually aren’t berries: Neben den Erdbeeren gibt es noch weitere Früchte, die wir zu den Beeren zählen, obwohl sie eigentlich keine sind:
- Rasperries and blackberries (aggregates of drupes)
- Elderberries and juniper berries (drupes)
- Rowanberries (pomes)
The other way around, many people probably don’t know what common foods actually are berries:
- Citrus fruits…
Crazy, isn’t it?! No matter whether they actually are a berry or not, all of these foods should have a secure place on your shopping list because they almost exclusively contain good nutrients.
Especially with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries that shouldn’t be too difficult for most of us. Even the sourer fruit of the currant, gooseberry, and lingonberry are very popular here. They will spice up every dessert, are healthy, and bring a certain summerly freshness to the kitchen. Whether as fruit salad or red berry compote.
Or have you every tastet a berry smoothie?
Simply take a handful of strawberries, raspberries and/or blueberries, put it in the mixer with one banana and half a glass of water (or milk if you prefer), add a teaspoon tip of cinnamon, and mix it all thoroughly to a creamy texture.Pour into a big glass and add one teaspoon of chia seeds. Ready!
I wish you all a great summer!