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Farmers Market Finds: Summer Strawberries

August 4, 2010

Summer is the perfect time to buy strawberries! I recently went to the Union Square Greenmarket and found beautiful, bright red strawberries on many stands. I decided on two boxes from New Jersey for $9.00. The farmer at this stand told me that I got there just in time, because the berries have been selling out fast!

summer strawberries

Eating strawberries is a delicious way for you to add color and flavor to meals and to give your body some major nutritional benefits. Strawberries are a good source of fiber, potassium, and folic acid. They also contain natural antioxidants called anthocyanins that may aid in heart health and protect your eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts.

And did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? One cup will provide you with over 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and less than 50 calories! Vitamin C helps you strengthen your immune system, aids in wound healing, prevents inflammation, and helps your body absorb iron from other foods.

Nutrition Facts for 1 cup strawberries (12 medium): 46 calories, 1 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 220 mg potassium, 85 mg vitamin C

Tomorrow I’ll share some of the ways I incorporate strawberries in my meals.

This post was written by nutritioulicious™ intern Jo Bartell

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    1. Hi Dana, thanks for reading! I think that Jo got her NJ strawberries in June, but since people can still find strawberries at the supermarket and at some farmers markets we thought it was still good to share the information!