The benefits of eating strawberries
December 14, 2006 12:50am CST
Strawberries raise the antioxidant levels in the body and are also a rich source of vitamin C. The elegiac acid they contain appear to inhibit the growth of tumors. They are also a good source of salicylic acid. How many strawberries should you eat? Strawberries can be eaten freely as they are very low in calories. Maximizing the benefits of strawberries Strawberries should be eaten when fresh, as their antioxidant values as well as their vitamin C content drops the longer they are kept.
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23 Feb 07
Red fruits contain vitamin A.Red fruits contain beta-carotene, the plant version of vitamin A. Fruits with a higher level of beta-carotene are redder in colour. Colour therapists say red fruits have a warming and energising quality. Thus eat lots of watermelons, cranberries, red apples, raspberries, red cherries, red plums, strawberries, tomatoes etc.
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14 Feb 07
i like strawberry too! the fresh fruit , in yogurt , cakes , pies , in chocolates & ice cream! i know it has a very high vit. C content & a good antioxidant.... i'm happy to know the other good & more benefits that i can get from it as well as enjoying the taste too as we eat.
15 Dec 06
There are more than 20 different Fragaria species worldwide. Key to the classification of strawberry species is recognizing that they vary in the number of chromosomes. There are seven basic types of chromosomes that they all have in common. However, they exhibit different polyploidy. Some species are diploid, having two sets of the seven chromosomes (14 chromosomes total). Others are tetraploid (four sets, 28 chromosomes total), hexaploid (six sets, 42 chromosomes total), octoploid (eight sets, 56 chromosomes total), or decaploid (ten sets, 70 chromosomes total). As a rough rule (with exceptions), strawberry species with more chromosomes tend to be more robust and produce larger plants with larger berries (Darrow).
14 Dec 06
The strawberry is an accessory fruit; that is, the fleshy part is derived not from the ovaries (which are the "seeds", actually achenes) but from the peg at the bottom of the hypanthium that held the ovaries. So from a technical standpoint, the seeds are the actual fruits of the plant, and the flesh of the strawberry is modified receptacle tissue. It is greenish-white as it develops and in most species turns red when ripe. The rosette growth of the plants are a well-known characteristic. Most species send out long slender runners that produce a new bud and roots at the extremity, allowing the plant to spread vegetatively. The leaves typically have three leaflets, but the number of leaflets may be five or one. While the flower has the typical rosaceous structure, the fruit is very peculiar, but it may be understood by the contrast it presents with the rose hip of the rose. In a rose the top of the flower-stalk expands as it grows into a vase-shaped cavity, the hip, within which are concealed the true fruits or seed-vessels. In the rose the extremity of the floral axis is concave and bears the carpels in its interior. In the strawberry, the receptacle (floral axis), instead of being concave, swells out into a fleshy, dome-shaped or flattened mass in which the achenes or true fruits, commonly called pips or seeds, are more or less embedded but never wholly concealed. A ripe strawberry in fact may be aptly compared to the fruit of a rose turned inside out.