From the California Strawberry Commission, here is a whole list of them:
Reason #1 – Strawberries are high in vitamin C (more than oranges) and may boost immunity.
Reason #2 –Strawberries may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to studies.
Reason #3 – Strawberries are considered a super fruit with loads of antioxidants.
Reason #4 – Strawberries are grown by caring farmers who use sustainable farming practices.
Reason #5 – Strawberries are nationally celebrated and voted America’s favorite fruit.
Reason #6 – Strawberries are versatile and can be added to savory and sweet dishes.
Reason #7 – Strawberries are vibrant and juicy for summer snacking and entertaining.
Reason #8 – Strawberries are grown to perfection along the California coast.
Reason #9 – Strawberries are loved by kids and ideal for back to school lunches.
Reason #10 – Strawberries are ideal for adding appeal to holiday dishes and special occasions.
Reason #11 – Strawberries are low in sugar, naturally sweet with only 45 calories per cup.
Strawberries probably aren’t a hard sell to your shoppers since everybody loves them. What they may need is more ideas on how to serve. Here is a beautiful and tasty dish from the California Strawberry Commission, perfect for the summer days ahead.
Prepare at least one hour ahead.
1 English or seedless cucumber, finely chopped
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. cilantro, cut into strips
3-4 tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 cups fresh California strawberries, hulled and diced small
1 yellow pepper
1 stick unsalted butter
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
6 Salmon fillets (or fish of your choice), skinless
Mix cucumbers, green onion, cilantro, yellow pepper and vinegar. Cover and chill at least one hour. Just before serving, add strawberries. In a small saucepan melt butter with garlic over low heat. Stir in honey, soy sauce and lemon juice and cook 2 minutes, set aside. Prepare a charcoal grill, when ready brush sauce on salmon pieces and place on a well-oiled fish grilling rack. Place rack over coals about 4 inches from fire and grill approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Brush with the sauce again after turning, and again when done. Transfer to warm platter and top with salsa.
Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 0.25, Other Carbohydrate 0.25, Lean Meat 4, Fat 4