Why We Love Strawberries

They’re delicious, juicy, nutritious and in season now! These red gems are one of our favorites, here’s why.

Strawberries are delicious, juicy and in season now! These nutrient-packed red gems are one of our favorites -- here’s why.

Strawberry Facts

Part of the rose family, strawberries are a favorite fruit among both children and adults. Strawberries are one of the only fruit where the seeds are found on the outside as opposed to the inside (like a peach or apple).

Strawberries were grown in the wild for centuries in the U.S. and Europe. Today they’re produced throughout the world including Canada, France, Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. Peak season in the U.S. runs from April through September.

Nutrition Info

Eight fresh strawberries contain only 50 calories and 3 grams of soluble fiber. They’re brimming with antioxidants like vitamin C and anthocyanins which also give berries their gorgeous red and blue colors. According to a recently-published report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, strawberries ranked third on a list of more than 1,000 foods antioxidant-rich foods. Only blackberries and walnuts have more.

According to a 2011 study conducted at Ohio State University, strawberries may also play a role in preventing colon and esophageal cancer.  Although the study was done on mice, results look promising and the school is conducting further research.

Fun Ideas

These red beauties are versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Here are some creative ways to use them:

  • Use as a substitute for tomatoes in a recipe for salad or salsa
  • Toss sliced berries onto a bed of greens
  • Substitute pureed strawberries for part or all of the vinegar in a salad dressing
  • Top fish, pork or chicken with trawberry salsa
  • Freeze whole strawberries and use as “ice cubes” in cocktails
Recipes to Try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

You Might Also Like:

Keep Reading

Next Up

Why We Love Fennel

Show some love to this under-appreciated veggie from the parsley family. Don’t be turned off by its licorice-like flavor. It all has to do with the way you prepare it.

Why We Love Asparagus

It's officially asparagus season; get yourself a bunch or two and we’ll tell you how to enjoy them!

Why We Love Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts over an open fire may seem cliché, but it’s one of the best ways to enjoy this sweet nut.

Why We Love Chili

This classic comfort food is the perfect end to a cold day. Its versatility can make it suitable to most taste preferences and although many think it’s unhealthy, chili is really full of nutritious ingredients. But those aren’t the only reasons we love chili.

Why We Love Tofu

If you’re looking to reduce your cholesterol or eat more plant foods, tofu is an excellent protein-packed option.

Why We Love Tomatoes

Pick some tomatoes up during your next visit to the farmers’ market and whip up some healthy tomato recipes.

Why We Love Shrimp

Shrimp are not only delicious, but good for you too! Here’s how you can make shrimp part of your healthy eating plan.

Why We Love Cheese

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day! Find out why we love cheese, and how it can be a part of a healthy diet.

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.