STRAWBERRIES SAVOR THE SWEETNESS:
ORIGINAL RECIPES FROM THE FINE FOODIE PHILANTHROPIST BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER Strawberries are often called nature’s candy, and lucky for us, these sweet berries are ripe for the picking just in time for backyard BBQs! As a seasonal summertime sensation, fresh strawberries are one of the many perks of living in San Joaquin County. Sure, they may be small in stature, but their health benefits are mighty! Capable of satisfying your sweet tooth, strawberries are also low in sugar and calories. An entire cup of strawberries contains only 50 calories, 8 grams of sugar and a healthy 3 grams of fiber. The sweet treats also serve up a healthy combination of vital nutrients, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and cancer fighting phytochemicals. In fact, eating just one serving of strawberries a day is said to improve heart health, help manage diabetes, and support brain health. Could there be another reason to sink our teeth into these summertime strawberries? How about the fact that a single serving has more Vitamin C than an orange? This has us thinking we may need to change up our mimosa game, because nature’s candy is also packed with essential nutrients like potassium, folate, fiber, and magnesium. In other words, strawberries are one of the best 158
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snacks to fill you up, satisfy your cravings, and give your overall health a lift! So where can you find the best berries? In short, everywhere! Here in California, we harvest up to 83% of the nation’s fresh strawberries on over 24,000 acres of farmland. And in San Joaquin County, you can find an abundance of farm-fresh strawberry stands scattered alongside country roads and on the outskirts of town. The satisfaction and nostalgia from picking up a flat of freshly picked strawberries at the neighborhood farm stand makes them one of our favorite fruits to devour. Wondering what
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you can do with these plump and juicy strawberries? One of the most versatile fruits, that can be used in a variety of cuisines, from traditional desserts like strawberry short cake to savory dishes like strawberry glazed ribs, the bright berries are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. After all, who doesn’t love sliced strawberries over a bowl of ice cream? We know we do! Enjoy the summertime strawberries and be sure to stop by your neighborhood strawberry stand in support of your local farmers.
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LOCAL FLAVOR Savor the Strawberry Season with this Strawberry Funnel Cake from Costa’s Finest Kettle Corn. Call (209) 810-0608 or follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they are parked!
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