08 Feb 2024

Exploring the World of Sweet And Juicy Strawberries

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Strawberries, with their vibrant red hue and succulent sweetness, are a beloved fruit cherished for their delightful flavor and versatility. These luscious berries boast a rich history and are celebrated for their abundance of nutrients, including vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. Whether enjoyed fresh on their own, blended into smoothies, or incorporated into a variety of dishes, strawberries add a burst of freshness and irresistible taste to every culinary creation. With their enticing aroma and juicy texture, strawberries captivate the senses and remain a timeless favorite among fruit enthusiasts worldwide.

History of Strawberries🍓

The juicy treat you know today has a rich history! Wild strawberries have been enjoyed for millennia, with mentions in Roman texts and cherished by Native American groups. Europe began cultivating them in the 14th century, but the modern star was born in 18th century France. 

A chance cross between North American and South American varieties yielded the larger, sweeter “Fragaria Ananassa” we savor. From royal gardens to bustling markets, strawberries spread, inspiring festivals and delightful desserts. Today, thanks to ongoing breeding efforts, we have hundreds of delicious varieties, making this little fruit a global favorite.

Health Benefits of Strawberries🍓

Did you know that strawberries pack a powerful punch of nutrition? These little red gems are loaded with:

  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins
  • Fiber

These make them a powerhouse of health benefits. Explore the impressive array of nutrients found in strawberries as they can support your overall well-being, from boosting immunity to promoting heart health and beyond.

Fun Facts About Strawberries🍓

Did you know that??

  • Strawberries are not actually berries! Strawberries aren’t true berries (seeds inside) but an aggregate accessory fruit with the tiny “seeds” on the outside being the actual fruits! 
  • Rose family member! Surprise! Strawberries share a lineage with roses!
  • More vitamin C than oranges! Ounce for ounce, strawberries pack more vitamin C than oranges, boosting your immune system.
  • Not just red! While red is the classic, strawberries can also be white, yellow, blue, and even black!
  • Flavor chameleon! The taste of strawberries is influenced by weather, variety, and ripeness.

Culinary Uses of Strawberries🍓

From fresh to frozen, sweet to savory, strawberries are at the top of the versatility chart:!

Use Them Fresh!

  • Simple Snacks: Enjoy them raw, dipped in chocolate or tossed in a refreshing salad.
  • Sweet Treats: Blend into smoothies, yogurt parfaits, or top ice cream for a burst of flavor.
  • Baking Bonanza: Bake them into pies, cobblers, cakes, or muffins for a taste of summer sunshine.

Process Them Good

  • Jam it up: Make homemade jams, preserves, or compotes for a versatile topping.
  • Sauce it up: Blend into flavorful sauces for meats, chicken, or pancakes.
  • Freeze It: Freeze whole or sliced strawberries for smoothies, popsicles, or baking later.

Wonder what else can be used instead of strawberries? Check it out right here!

Tasty Strawberry Recipes🍓

No strawberry blog would be complete without some easy mouthwatering recipes! The best part is, you can order fresh strawberries and all the other ingredients from Milkbasket and we’ll deliver it to your doorstep by 7AM!

Classic Creamy Strawberry Smoothie

  • 150g frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 125g plain yogurt (Greek or regular)
  • 125ml milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 15-30ml honey or sugar syrup
  • Ice cubes (optional, depending on desired thickness)

Preparation: Blend all ingredients together until smooth and enjoy!

Twists on the Classic: Personalize It!

  • For a protein boost: Add 25g of protein powder to the base recipe.
  • For a thicker smoothie: Use all frozen strawberries or add more ice cubes.
  • For a fruity twist: Add other fruits like 75g mango, 50g pineapple or 50g blueberries.
  • For a green smoothie: Add 50g spinach for extra nutrients.
  • For a chocolatey treat: Add 10g cocoa powder or a few chocolate chips.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

These decadent treats are perfect for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, a romantic evening, a special occasion or just a simple indulgence.

  • 250g fresh strawberries, stems on and washed thoroughly
  • 200g dark chocolate (70% or higher cacao content recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional, for smoother melting)
  • Optional toppings: chopped nuts, sprinkles, shredded coconut or edible glitter

Instructions

  1. Pat the strawberries dry with paper towels to ensure the chocolate adheres properly. Remove any leaves or green parts that are brown or wilted.
  2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl. Add the coconut oil (if using) and melt slowly over a double boiler or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring frequently. Avoid overheating, as this can seize the chocolate.
  3. Holding the stem, carefully dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate, coating it halfway or ¾ depending on your preference. Tap gently to remove excess chocolate.
  4.  Immediately after dipping, sprinkle with your desired toppings before the chocolate sets. Place the dipped strawberries on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5.  Refrigerate the strawberries for at least 30 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.

Easy No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

This light and refreshing cheesecake is perfect for a sweet treat and requires minimal effort!

Ingredients

Base:

  • 200g Marie biscuits (or graham crackers)
  • 80g butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml heavy cream
  • 200g fresh strawberries, sliced

Strawberry Topping:

  • 150g fresh strawberries, puréed
  • 50g icing sugar

Instructions:

  1. Crush the biscuits to a fine crumb in a food processor or blender. Mix with the melted butter until well combined. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 20cm springform pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, whip the double cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream gently into the cream cheese mixture until just combined.
  3. Pour half of the cheesecake filling onto the chilled base. Gently fold half of the sliced strawberries into the remaining filling and pour it over the first layer. Smooth the top and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the puréed strawberries and icing sugar. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Pour the topping over the chilled cheesecake and spread evenly. Decorate with additional sliced strawberries, if desired. Refrigerate for at least another hour before serving.

Whether you’re a seasoned strawberry aficionado or just beginning to explore the world of strawberries, we hope this blog has inspired you to indulge in the sweet pleasures of these juicy berries. Visit our exclusive Strawberries section within the Milkbasket app to order by midnight & we’ll ensure they arrive FRESH at your doorstep by 7AM.

🍓Happy Strawberry Season!🍓

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