Strawberries

strawberries

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The garden strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria. It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

If you are allergic to strawberries, your immune system triggers the production of IgE (immunoglobulin E), an antibody and histamine each time that you eat strawberries. The production of the antibodies and histamine cause specific symptoms within the body, and according to the National Institutes of Health, the symptoms usually occur within 2 hours of ingestion. In addition to avoiding strawberries themselves, watch out for products with strawberries in them — such as condiments, juices, yogurts, ice creams and baked goods — or foods that have been handled or prepared near strawberries (Joy, 2013).

Common Uses:

In addition to being consumed fresh, strawberries can be frozen, made into preserves, as well as dried and used in prepared foods, such as cereal bars. Strawberries and strawberry flavorings are also a popular addition to dairy products (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 medium (1-1/4″ dia) (12 g)

Calories 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 18 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.9 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.2 g 0%
Sugar 0.6 g
Protein 0.1 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

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