Strawberries Are Dirty

strawberries are dirtyStrawberries are big business.  Really big business.  Since everyone loves strawberries, a billion-dollar industry has developed in order to meet the demand of consumers in America and around the world.  California leads the world in strawberry production, but Florida, North Carolina, and other locations produce many tons of harvested berries annually.

But, humans aren’t the only entities that love strawberries.  Bugs, slugs, and fungi love to feast upon the nutrient-rich fruits and plants.  The more fruits are destroyed, the less the hard-working farmers can sell to salivating consumers.  To increase the harvest, therefore, most strawberry producers have developed techniques and practices that allow for maximum yield and minimum loss.  The widespread use of fumigants and pesticides has become mainstream.

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Strawberry Nutrition Facts

strawberry nutrition factsStrawberries are jam-packed (no pun intended) with wholesome nutrients.  A serving of whole strawberries is generally considered to be one cup (see here for strawberry conversions).  A cup of fresh strawberries will vary by weight depending on the size and specific variety of strawberry that is consumed.  Also, strawberry nutrition can be affected by the quality of the soil and care given to the plants as they produced.  In general, however, the following table will provide an accurate representation of the vitamins, minerals, and other components within a serving of strawberries.  These strawberry nutrition facts will help you realize just how beneficial strawberries are in one’s diet!

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Strawberry Allergy

strawberry allergyMillions of people have allergies.  The range of allergic reactions to different allergens varies depending on the magnitude of the sensitivity and the type of reaction elicited.  Unfortunately, many people are allergic to strawberries.  I know what you are thinking: having strawberry allergies might just be a fate worse than death.  Of course, that is an exaggeration, but just think of a life devoid of the wonders of strawberries.

This post discusses the main aspects of strawberry allergies.  These include what causes the strawberry allergy, the different types of common reactions, and a possible method of getting around a strawberry allergy so that the delicious morsels can be enjoyed!

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Medicinal Uses of Strawberry Plants

medicinal uses of strawberry plantsThe various parts of strawberry plants have long been used in various herbal remedies or traditional medicines.  From tinctures to strawberry tea, the medicinal uses of strawberry plants and strawberries have quite a history (see the Strawberry Plant page for more strawberry history and folklore).  What is not known by most strawberry enthusiasts is just how extensive the potential uses of stawberry plants are.

In the Compounds in Strawberry Plants post, all of the known strawberry plant compounds are listed.  Each one is accompanied by a notation of the part of the strawberry plant in which it is found.  Many also have minimum and maximum expected concentrations.  Here you find a listing of the chemical activities of strawberry plants.  The table below provides a list of all 721 known biological activities of the various strawberry plant chemicals and compounds.

The medicinal uses of strawberries would be synonymous with the first column.  The parenthesis indicates how many components in the strawberry plant are known to have that biological activity characteristic.  The specific compounds that have the action are then listed next to the activity.

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Compounds in Strawberry Plants

compounds in strawberry plantsStrawberry plants are relatively small: usually around a foot tall, give or take a few inches.  Yet, within this small package, numerous compounds in strawberry plants have been discovered and cataloged.  With an increased interest in herbal remedies using strawberry plant parts this sortable list can be of use to a researcher.

I do not advocate self-diagnosis or self-treatment of medical conditions.  However, this table may help you discover compounds in strawberry plants that may have positive health benefits.  So, use and peruse the table at your own risk.  The first column has the scientific name of each compound, the second lists the part of the plant where the compound is located, the third lists the lowest measured concentration in parts per million of the compound that was discovered in testing, the fourth lists the highest measured concentration, and the fifth lists the reference source.

For educational purposes only, you can view this list of Medicinal Uses for Strawberry Plants as well after perusing the table below.

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Are Organic Strawberry Plants Better?

are organic strawberry plants betterPeople often debate the relative merits of buying organic fruits and vegetables versus conventional ones.  People coming to this site often ask, “Are organic strawberry plants better than non-organic ones?”  Opinions vary as much as people do, and it is often hard to answer objectively.

Proponents of organic strawberry plants say that organic farming produces healthier fruits, use more sustainable agricultural practices, and keep toxins out of both the fruits and the people who consume them.  Supporters of conventional agriculture claim fad status for organic farming and say that “this too shall pass.”  They claim that organic farming costs the consumer more and offers no tangible benefits.

Due to the complexity of agricultural ecosystems, it has been tremendously difficult to wade through the propaganda of each side and rely on the scientific data.  Well, times are a changin’.  A new study has cut through the fog…

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Strawberry Plants and Vitamin C

strawberry plants and vitamin cStrawberries are a good source of Vitamin C.  But, like any other living organisms, strawberry plants are not uniform.  Each variety will produce strawberries with differing levels of Vitamin C based upon that variety’s genetic makeup.  In fact, there are several different factors that will affect the vitamin composition that strawberry plants will develop into their berries.

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Strawberry Buying Guide

Didn’t Plant Any Strawberry Plants?

strawberry buying guideHere at Strawberry Plants .org, we would like to see everyone with half of a square foot of dirt plant their own strawberry plants and reap their own fresh-picked strawberry harvest.  But, life is busy, and most people will end up buying their strawberries off the shelf at a grocery store.  This is post is a guide for picking strawberries off the shelf and will help you make the most of your strawberry purchases!

Strawberries Are on Strawberry Plants before They Reach the Shelf!

When purchasing strawberries at a grocery store, it is important to understand from where the strawberries came.  They were, of course, most likely grown on strawberry plants in some field somewhere.  It is unlikely that the strawberry variety (the specific cultivar) will be listed on the packaging.  It is also unlikely that all of the methods used to grow the strawberries will be listed anywhere.  That’s too bad.

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