Strawberries in technical terms have been considered to be there own fruit and are not considered a berry. Unlike other fruit strawberries wear there seeds on the outside making them stand apart from other fruits, there are around two hundred seeds on the average strawberry. Strawberries along with many other fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries, and cherries are all apart of the rose family. Around 80% of all the strawberries in the united states were produced in California.
Strawberries have many health benefits and are filled with vitamins A , B-complex, & E, they also have minerals such as manganese, iron, and zinc. Strawberries also have high levels of Phenols which act as and anti-inflammatory that can help with many things such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and many more. They are also a great food to be used for weight loss.
Fresh Strawberry & Spinach Salad Recipe
1/4 cup (1 oz/30 g) pecans
For the Poppy-Seed Vinaigrette
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoom dry mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup grapeseed oil
6 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
In a dry frying pan, toast the pecans over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Pour onto a plate to cool, then coarsely chop and set aside.
To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, dry mustard, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until the dressing is well blended.
In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, strawberries, and pecans. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss gently to coat. Add more vinaigrette as needed (you may not need all of it), and serve.