Friday, February 1, 2008

Super facts about strawberries

The word strawberry comes from the Old English words "streowberie" or "streawbelige". There are a few theories about how they got their name. The "straw" bit could come from the straw that was used to keep the strawberries fresh, or it could come from "strewed", which means to spread wide.

The strawberry plant, along with its good mate the raspberry plant, are members of the rose family.

did you know there are about 200 seeds in every strawberry?

A 100g serving of strawberries will serve you for just 50 calories - that's a whooping 0g of fat - Another punnet anyone?

We're all smiles - did you know strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

Strawberries are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

They are also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry's red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart's arteries.

Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, that's 140% of our daily recommended amount.

Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.

The Romans loved their wild strawberries - and not only for their taste. They believed strawberries could cure a number of illnesses.

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