Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February is Florida Strawberry Month - Ag Minute

View DetailsStrawberries - red, juicy, delicious and healthy too! Did you know that 8 medium strawberries are higher in Vitamin C that an orange? They are excellent in folic acid, anti-oxidants & fiber. Strawberries have no fat and no cholesterol. Wow all of that in a small red fruit. So with it being almost a perfect shape for Valentine's day, and the perfect color for the holiday - lets look at the STRAWBERRY!!!!

There are 3 basic types of strawberries:
June-bearing - which usually produce fruit for 2-3 weeks and have larger berries and - yes they produce their fruit normally in the month of JUNE!
Everbearing - These berries are not really producing berries all the time, but they typically have 2 times of year that they can be harvested. Usually these are harvested in June and later in the early fall.
Day-neutral - These berries produce as long as the temperature is between 35 and 85 degrees. They are usually smaller than the other 2 varieties but are good for limited space production.

Strawberries are ready for harvest when they turn a deep red not just pink.

Here is a link to some strawberry recipes: but to keep it simple, just pick up some strawberries and a little bit of melting chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a double broiler and once melted, carefully dip strawberries into the chocolate. Let the chocolate set and you now have chocolate dipped strawberries. What a great treat for Valentine's Day or any time of the year!

For some fun activities for the kids check out this link to the California Strawberry Growers for kids  take a trip and learn a little bit about Strawberries in Strawberryville. It is a lot of fun!

Enjoy some strawberries and know that they are good for you TOO!!!

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