Menu of the Week — Strawberries

img_30622JUNE — ┬áThe month for weddings, the longest day of the year, warm weather, flowers, the Pearl (the gem of June) and , of course, Strawberries…..and Strawberry Festivals. Virtually anywhere you travel in the USA during this month you’ll find a festival somewhere…..strawberries and fresh cream, or vanilla ice cream and naturally, strawberry shortcake.

The Name Strawberry was derived from the berries that are “strewn” about on the plants, and “strewn berry” eventually became “Strawberry”.

They are from the Rosaceae family. They are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant’s stamen. Strawberry seeds are on the outer skin, instead of in the inner berry, There are about 200 seeds per berry.

The berries are non-fat and low in calories, rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber, and vitamin B6. Over history strawberries have been used in medicines. They have been used for sunburn, discolored teeth, digestion, and gout. As far back as the 13th century,the Strawberry was used as an aphrodisiac.

Strawberries were served at medieval state events, they symbolized prosperity, peace, and perfection. The most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year, when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches.

American Indians allegedly invented Strawberry shortcake, mashing berries in meal to make bread the colonists enjoyed–but they must have used wild strawberries since strawberries have been cultivated in America only since 1835. The Hoveg variety was imported into Massachusetts from France in 1834 The Fraser clan in Scotland derived its name from French immigrants named Strawberry (Fraise) who came with William the Conqueror in 1066.There are references to the strawberry as far back as ancient Rome.

Enjoy.
To Your Health,
Jim