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Thirteen super facts about strawberries
Thirteen super facts about strawberries

Strawberries may be synonymous with Wimbledon but there is plenty of benefit to be had from eating the fruit for more than two weeks a year.

And you don't even need the traditional accompaniment of cream to enjoy them at their best.

  • Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream. New bellies please!

  • Wimbledon may have 64 seeds in the men's and women's competition, but did you know there are about 200 seeds in every strawberry?

  • A 100g serving of strawberries will serve you for just 50 calories - that's a whooping 0g of fat - Another punnet anyone?

  • We're all smiles - did you know strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

  • Strawberries are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

    Thirteen super facts about strawberries

  • They are also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry's red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart's arteries.

  • Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, that's 140% of our daily recommended amount.

  • The word strawberry comes from the Old English words "streowberie" or "streawbelige". There are a few theories about how they got their name. The "straw" bit could come from the straw that was used to keep the strawberries fresh, or it could come from "strewed", which means to spread wide.

  • The Latin name for the famous everyday strawberry is Fragaria Ananassa. We'll just stick to plain old strawberries for now.

  • You cannot be serious! Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.

  • The strawberry plant, along with its good mate the raspberry plant, are members of the rose family.

  • The Romans loved their wild strawberries - and not only for their taste. They believed strawberries could cure a number of illnesses.

  • If you're watching your waistline, why not sprinkle a little black pepper over your strawberries instead of the usual calorific cream? It doesn't sound that appetising, but you'll be pleasantly surprised...


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