A FEW FACTS:
It has been thought that strawberries were first cultivated in ancient Rome, but wild varieties have been traced back through Europe, Chile, and of course Canada. There are many different varities of strawberry. Some of the varieties we carry at Muddy Crops include: Annopolis, Brunswick, Cavendish, Mira, Jewel, Valley Sunset, & Albion
Organic strawberries are extremely hard to grow in Ontario as we get too much rain. The rain splashed mud and pests up from the soil and onto the berries. This is why the majority of organic strawberries come from California and Mexico where they drip irrigate. That said, all of our farmers use Integrated Pest Management to minimize or eliminate the need for spraying which makes for a cleaner, safer product.
STORING & EATING
Store strawberries in the refrigerator, but do not wash them until you are about to eat them! When you are ready to chow down, take the berries out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature so the sugars are warm and sweet. Alternatively, if you want to stash them away for the winter months, you can freeze them for up to one year!
1 pint of strawberries provides over 200% of your RDA for vitamin C, and is also a good source of B vitamins, iron and calcium, all for just over 100 calories!
You might know that strawberries, like most fruit, are high in water and fiber, but did you know that they are also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids? In fact, strawberries have a little bit of everything. You could almost survive off of them, if you can eat 20 pints (which may not be so hard).
Finally, strawberries, like almost all berries, are antioxidant powerhouses with clinically proven cancer fighting properties. Strawberries have been shown to increase natural killer cell function. You can think of these guys as our inherent self destruct mechanism for damaged and potentially cancerous cells.