The strawberries are here — come celebrate at Stony Brook’s annual Strawberry Festival on Wednesday, May 2.
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
4 cups frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons honey
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 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
1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp fresh basil
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup soy milk
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Pour the mixture into a glass and serve.