Ireland’s strawberry growers are welcoming the season of one of the nation’s favourite summer fruits.
Packed full of nutritional goodness, strawberries are the taste of summer.
The Celebrate Strawberry Season campaign organised by Bord Bia in partnership with the Irish Soft Fruit Growers Association and the IFA is encouraging people to incorporate Quality-Assured strawberries into their daily diets as a naturally sweet and healthy fruit option.
Strawberries are tastiest when they are in season from May to November in Ireland. Bord Bia Quality-Assured strawberries are grown by a network of Irish strawberry growers and are widely available to purchase in supermarkets nationwide throughout the growing season.
A healthy treat
Not only are strawberries loved by the nation for their distinctive, sweet, taste, the fruit is also popular for its many nutritional benefits. Incorporating just one portion (approximately 80g ) of strawberries in meals or as a snack provides almost 100 per cent of the daily requirement of vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and reduces tiredness and fatigue. Eating strawberries is a great way to hydrate naturally, and they also contain fibre, contributing to the overall function of the digestive system.
Strawberry storage tips
To best enjoy your fresh strawberries this summer, store them in the fridge and do not remove the stalks until you are ready to use them. When ready to eat or cook with, remove their stalks and wash them in water. Let them reach room temperature to enjoy them at their tastiest.
Strawberries are a versatile and tasty ingredient to include in many sweet or savoury meals and can be simply washed and chopped for a treat. They are a delicious fruit to enjoy as a snack, or as a great central ingredient to many dishes – strawberries are the breakfast time hero; add punch and sweetness to a fresh salad recipe; and elevate summer desserts with an explosion of flavour.
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