Strawberries are not berries

IMG_1802Berries are fruits that come from a single ovary with multiple seeds (e.g. bananas, grapes, bananas, and bell peppers, etc). I know crazy right? While raspberries and blackberries are technically considered aggregate fruits/drupes – which are a whole bunch of little fruits group together.  Strawberries are NOT berries.  The red part that you see on strawberries is a fleshy receptacle not fruit.  Who are we kidding though? Who actually cares about these technicalities right?  Fruits and vegetables are DELICIOUS.  I love chomping down on a juicy and sweet strawberry.  When it comes to my peanut butter and sandwiches or jam on toast I ALWAYS prefer strawberry.

Monthly Indulges
So at least once a month we go to the farmer’s market and get three baskets full of these delicious strawberries.  Sometimes I go a little over the top and eat it with whipped cream!  We keep frozen strawberries in the freezer for shakes/smoothies.  Chocolate covered strawberries are heavenly but you would not see me spending $2.50 on a single one in a shoppe.

IMG_1804Organic Strawberries VS Non-Organic
Yes there IS a difference.  It isn’t just about pesticides or no pesticides.  Organic strawberries have been tested to have an increased amount antioxidants and vitamin C.  Also, they taste sweeter.  Have you ever bitten into a strawberry and thought “hmm, that’s not very sweet at all?”  Chances are the fruit you bit into is actually non-organic.

Do you like strawberries? When was the last time you indulged and treated yourself to this wonderful fruit?

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