Besides being chock full of essential nutrients like vitamins A, C and B, new lab research suggests strawberries might also, in the future, play a part in protecting against dangerous UV rays. Spanish and Italian researchers found that putting strawberry extract on skin cells helped to protect the cells from UVA damage.
8 medium-sized strawberries contain 140% of your daily Vitamin C needs. Strawberries are low in calories - one cup of unsweetened strawberries has only 55 calories. Strawberries are also good sources of folic acid, potassium and fiber. Strawberries are also fat-free and low in calories.
The American Indians were already eating strawberries when European colonists arrived. The crushed berries were mixed with cornmeal and baked into strawberry bread. After trying this bread, the colonists developed their own version of the recipe and strawberry shortcake was created.
The wide distribution of wild strawberries is largely from seeds sown by birds - when birds eat the wild berries, the seeds pass through them intact and in reasonably good condition.