Reasons to Enjoy California Strawberries

February 25, 2015
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grilled salmon with strawberry salsa

February is Heart Health Month and just one of many reasons to add heart-healthy foods like strawberries to the daily diet. According to research, strawberries may play an important role in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.

“Strawberries are always at the top of the list of foods I highly recommend for packing the most nutrition into everyday meals, especially when considering cardiovascular health,” said  Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, and founder of Hispanic Food Communications Inc. “It’s an easy sell with their versatility and naturally sweet taste.”

In addition to promoting heart health, the reasons to enjoy California strawberries are countless. To encourage healthier eating this month, and every month of the year, the California Strawberry Commission is focused on promoting the following 12 reasons to enjoy strawberries:

Reason #1 – High in vitamin C (more than oranges) and may boost immunity. 

Reason #2 –May reduce the risk of heart disease, according to studies.

Reason #3 – Considered a superfruit with loads of antioxidants and anthocyanins.

Reason #4 – Grown by caring strawberry farmers who use sustainable farming practices. 

Reason #5 – Nationally celebrated and voted America’s favorite fruit. 

Reason #6 – Versatile and can be added to savory and sweet dishes.

Reason #7 – Vibrant and juicy for summer snacking and entertaining.

Reason #8 – Grown to perfection along the California coast in ideal growing conditions.

Reason #9 – Loved by kids and ideal for back to school lunches.

Reason #10 – Ideal for adding appeal to holiday dishes and special occasions.

Reason #11 – Low in sugar, naturally sweet with only 45 calories per cup.

Reason #12 – Available year-round and easy to freeze.

Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Ginger Salsa

This award-winning recipe serves up salmon with a sweet and savory fresh salsa.

Serves: 6

Ingredients

Salsa:
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

Sauce:
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

Directions

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

About the California Strawberry Commission

The California Strawberry Commission is a state government agency charged with conducting research to support California’s strawberry industry.  With an emphasis on sustainable farming practices, the commission works with strategic partners focusing on production and nutrition research, food safety training and education, marketing and communications, trade relations and public policy.

Article from Edible Silicon Valley at http://ediblesiliconvalley.ediblecommunities.com/recipes/reasons-enjoy-california-strawberries
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