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Five Strawberry Facts That All Seawolves Should Know

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The strawberries are here — come celebrate at Stony Brook’s annual Strawberry Festival on Wednesday, May 2.

Campus Dining Registered Dietitian Amanda Reichardt
Campus Dining Registered Dietitian Amanda Reichardt

Here are some strawberry fun facts from Campus Dining Registered Dietitian Amanda Reichardt:

  • Even though they hit their peak in summer, strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  • Strawberries contain many nutrients including antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium. They also contain slightly more vitamin C than oranges do.
  • Native Americans would make their corn bread with mashed strawberries and cornmeal. This recipe was introduced to colonists and was the inspiration behind strawberry shortcake.
  • Not only delicious, they are also great for you! Consuming strawberries can help reduce inflammation, improve eye function, boost brain function and reduce hypertension.
  • Despite their name, strawberries are not technically berries — they’re aggregate accessory fruits, or false fruits. The fleshy part that we bite into is actually the stem of the plant.

Try these easy, delicious and refreshing recipes that showcase strawberries.

5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

4 cups frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons honey
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  • Once blended, empty into a large container or pan and place in freezer.
  • Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Strawberry Fields Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp fresh basil
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup soy milk

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients together.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass and serve.

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