Nothing says “Summer” like strawberries! The earliest of the summer fruits, these tasty treats usually hit Markets in early to mid-June, lending themselves to open houses and wedding receptions. Bright red and heart-shaped, these nutrition rich berries are associated with Venus, the Goddess of Love. In parts of Bavaria, ranchers attach baskets of strawberries to the horns of their cattle. These are believed to attract magical elves, which then repay the ranchers by providing them with healthy calves and cows that produce plenty of milk.
Studies have shown that eating berries can help prevent memory loss as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. It is a rich source of vitamin C, a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious disease and counter inflammation. It is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is essential for maintaining healthy bone structure, absorbing calcium, and creating enzymes that build bone. For a healthy choice, why not grill some fish or chicken? Pass the salsa please.
1 c. coarsely chopped strawberries
1 Tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1 green onion, finely chopped, top included
1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
2 Tbsp. dried currants
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill.
Makes six servings, 1/4 cup each. Each serving has 20 calories, no fat, 22 milligrams of sodium, 0.5 gram of fiber and 15 percent of the daily recommendation for vitamin C.
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