NATIONAL STRAWBERRY MONTH

MONTH OF MAY 2017

When is National Strawberry Month?
The month of May is always National Strawberry Month.

Are there other Strawberry Holidays to celebrate? Yes!

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day (September 28)
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (January 15)
National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day (June 9)
National Strawberries & Cream Day (May 21)
National Strawberry Shortcake Day (June 14)
National Strawberry Parfait Day (June 25)
National Strawberry Sundae Day (July 7)
National Strawberry Day (February 27)
Pick Strawberries Day (May 20)


 

What is this Holiday for?

National Strawberry month is when we celebrate the love of strawberries and take notice of all the value this delicious fruit has to offer. So don't let this month pass you by without treating you and your family with some delicious strawberry treats in celebration of National Strawberry Month.

 

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The Garden Strawberry

The Garden Strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa and related cultivars) is the most common variety of strawberry cultivated worldwide. Like other species of Fragaria (strawberries), it belongs to the family Rosaceae. Technically, its fruit is known as an accessory fruit, in that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries (achenes) but from the peg at the bottom of the bowl-shaped hypanthium that holds the ovaries.

 

The Garden Strawberry was first bred in Europe in the early 18th century, and represents the accidental cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America, which was noted for its flavor, and Fragaria chiloensis from Chile, which was noted for its large size.

 

Cultivars of Fragaria ×ananassa have replaced in commercial production the Woodland Strawberry, which was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century.
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How we use strawberries

In addition to being consumed fresh, strawberries are frozen or made into preserves. Strawberries are a popular addition to dairy products, as in strawberry flavored ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and yogurts. Strawberry pie is also popular. Strawberries can also be used as a natural acid/base indicator. They are also dried and used in cereal and cereal bars.

 

Strawberries, the romantic picnic food

Strawberries have always been popular placed in picnic baskets for romantic outing. Strawberries dipped in cream or chocolate has long been an erotic favorite.

 

They are also supposedly used for whitening teeth.
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Strawberry Nutrition

One cup (144 g) of strawberries constitutes approximately 45 calories (188 kJ) and is an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids.

 

How can I Celebrate National Strawberry Month?

Plant yourself strawberries! - Strawberries can be planted in strawberry pots or grown on the ground for your very own strawberry patch. Give it a try, go out and buy yourself some starter plants and have fun watching them grow.

 

Find Strawberry Recipes and give one of them a try! - Strawberries make some of the best desserts, hot and cold both. Try a new strawberry recipe that you've never tried before, you never know, it may turn out to be your favorite.

Fresh Strawberry Pecan CookiesFresh Strawberry Pecan Cookies

Prep:           20 m
Cook:          15 m
Ready In:    35 m

"These cookies are so good! They end up having a precious pink colour from the mashed strawberries. You can substitute other berries, or a mixture of berries, if you wish."

 

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1 cup shortening
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 1 pint strawberries, pureed
• 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup chopped pecans

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease, or line baking sheets with parchment paper.

 

2. Cream the sugar and shortening together in a mixing bowl. Stir in the baking soda, eggs, and strawberries until just blended. Stir in the flour, salt, and pecans, and mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.

 

3. Bake in preheated oven until tops set and are lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

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