Before You Even Know the Health Benefits of Strawberries,
They've Seduced You With Flavor

I loved to learn the long list of health benefits of strawberries since I can't think of any time I've heard someone say they don't like them. Have you?

And, I guarantee that if I ever do hear that, it will be because that person has never had a warm, fresh berry from a local farmers' market. Who can resist them?

Fresh, local strawberries that are picked in season only a few hours before you get to buy them are absolutely heaven on Earth. I marvel at their beauty and intense flavor every single year.

Did you know that strawberries are technically not really berries? Their seeds are on the outside of the fruit, so they are actually in the flower family and are related to roses. Fun fact to share with your family!


Gorgeous, local, organic strawberries picked fresh during strawberry season, May.

Where Do The Health Benefits
of Strawberries Come From?

Essentially, what makes strawberries healthy for us is also what makes us love them so much--  the bright red color of the fruit.

Strawberry red is made by anthocyanins, which are incredible antioxidants that protect your heart, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are known to protect against cancer. Studies have found that people who eat a good number of strawberries are three times less likely to develop cancer than people who eat just a few strawberries.

Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C and manganese and are good sources of dietary fiber, iodine, potassium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin K, magnesium, and copper.

There are tons of health benefits of strawberries, which is great for all of us since they taste so good.

Vitamin C-rich foods have been shown to protect against macular degeneration as well as rheumatoid arthritis, so strawberries are great for your eyes and your joints. Interestingly, strawberries have a compound that does the same thing as aspirin; it blocks pain caused by the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase.

You will absolutely get the most out of these nutrient benefits of strawberries when you are eating fresh or frozen strawberries. Once they go through the canning, preserving, bottling, or cooking process, they will start to lose their healthful properties.

For instance, commercial baby food with strawberries in them have none of the benefits of the anthocyanins I talked about above. Next time you think about buying strawberry baby food, just buy strawberries instead. All you need to do is puree them or thoroughly mash them, and your baby gets so many more of the health benefits of fruit.

Cautionary note: For people with kidney or gallbladder problems, strawberries may not be the best food for you to eat because they contain a large amount of oxalate, which can interfere with the absorption of calcium. This is something to talk about with your doctor.


You get the most strawberry nutrition by simply eating them whole and raw, rather than cooking. I love them chopped up with their best friends, bananas and kiwis.


How to Store Strawberries

Strawberries are pretty delicate, so handle them with care. When you buy them, it's best not to wash them until you're ready to eat. The health benefits of strawberries decrease very quickly because they don't continue to ripen after being picked, and they'll start to look droopy and sad quickly. Ideally, it's best to store them in a single layer covered with a paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

When you're ready to eat them, don't wash them directly under running water as it can dilute the flavor of the berries. Just gently wipe each one with a wet cloth or paper towel to remove the dirt.

I buy the best strawberries straight from an organic farm near our house in huge flats, and while we do eat a tremendous amount in the first few days, I like to freeze the rest for later in the summer.

Flash freezing strawberries on a cookie sheet to save for winter preserves their health benefits and flavor.

To freeze them, I gently wipe each with a wet towel, pat them dry, and pinch off their stem. I place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze them until they are rock hard. Then I put them in a freezer bag and store for up to a year.

I like to flash freeze my strawberries on a cookie sheet so they are fresh for later months with almost the same number of nutrients.


My Favorite Uses for Strawberries

  • Fresh, homemade strawberry ice cream. I love the recipes in The Vegan Scoop.
  • Mash the berries and mix with baking soda for a natural teeth whitener.
  • The health benefits of strawberries work externally on your skin as well as inside your body. Cut the berry in half and rub it on your face to fix oiliness, acne, and dry, aging skin.
  • Strawberry Shortcake (my favorite recipe is mine from Vegan Meal Plans for Spring and Summer.)
  • Strawberry Leaf Tea for ezcema, stomach ache, and diarrhea.
  • Cafe Gratitude's raw strawberry pie (you can find the recipe in their book on Amazon, Sweet Gratitude)


Pages Related to the
Health Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberry Banana Cupcakes

Strawberry Banana Cupcakes

Strawberry Granita Recipe

Strawberry Granita


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