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This month we have a special guest columnist, Kelli McDonald. Kelli recently graduated from Oakland University and she is interning with PVM this summer!

Strawberries are delicious and nutritious and pair perfectly with any meal! Strawberries may improve your health as they are full of potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins C and K. Strawberries are a great snack, but can also be added to many other foods. Add strawberries to your salad, yogurt, muffins, salsa, tea, and more!

In Michigan, strawberries are in season from June – August. A fun way to add more physical activity in to your day is to go strawberry picking! Walk around a local farm and pick fresh strawberries! Here is a link to find your nearest strawberry farm. http://www.pickyourown.org/MI.htm

When picking your strawberries, choose the bright red ones. This means that they are ripe and ready to eat! Make sure that they are not too soft or bruised! If you have an abundance of strawberries, you can freeze them for up to 10 – 12 months! In order to keep them fresh, strawberries should be refrigerated daily. Rinse your strawberries before you cut them to keep them fresh longer!

Strawberry Fun Facts*

  • Every state in the U.S grows strawberries.
  • An average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • Americans eat 3.4 pounds of strawberries on average each year.

*Source: https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a35552/facts-about-strawberries/