Friday, 24 January 2014

Fun Facts Friday!

This is a new blog segment I've created called Fun Facts Friday, because I consider myself not only a creator, but an educator, perhaps in the same way that someone strapped to an electric chair may be considered a conductor.

Fifteen Fun Facts about STRAWBERRIES!

1. Strawberries are actually the stem of a flowering plant, not a berry. Flan looks like a flowering plant. Therefore, flan is also not a berry.

2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds. These "seeds" on the strawberries are actually single-seeded dry fruit called achene, and actually have their own seeds. Eating these seeds, however, increases the risk of growing strawberry plants in your stomach.

3. In Belgium, there's a museum just for strawberries. In my stomach, there may also be one.

4. In France, strawberries are believed to be an aphrodisiac, and are given to newlyweds for breakfast... And lunch. And dinner. And dessert.

5. Strawberries are low in fat and calories; and high in vitamin C, fibre, folic acid and potassium. Mix them with a bit of pastry and whipped cream and you've easily added calcium and extra deliciousness.

6. Strawberries (as well as raspberries) are members of the rose family. Strawberries can come shaped like roses on top of what looks like a jar of Nutella. It would be a shame not to eat all that Nutella, too.

7. Strawberries can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks. Making a snake out of strawberries can help reduce the risk of being lame.

8. Strawberries are rich in nitrate, which can help burn up to 100 more calories when eaten before exercising. Sounds like these strawberry kebabs are in order for my next pre-workout boost!

9. Eating strawberries increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles, preventing muscle fatigue, making exercise easier. Ice cream certainly does make surfing (the internet) easier.

10. Vitamin C improves the skin's elasticity and resilience, resulting in healthier, younger-looking skin. A serve of approx. 8 strawberries provides more Vitamin C than a medium sized orange. To remain youthful, it is important to remember things we enjoyed as children, like jelly! But mixed with alcohol, because we are no longer youthful.

11. The antioxidants and Vitamin C in strawberries also protect the eyes from UV rays, which may prevent cataracts. If you tilt these mousse desserts on the side and go cross-eyed, it may not be helpful for your eyes, so better just eat them upright.

12. California produces one billion pounds of strawberries each year. That equals to approximately 450 billion kilos, which would make one big chocolate cake decoration!

13. If all the strawberries produced each year in California were to be laid in a line, they would circle the world 15 times! Then if you lay crepes next to them and roll them North.....

14. Unlike other fruit, strawberries will not continue to ripen after being picked. All the more reason to eat them quickly!

15. Strawberries come in liquid form, also, and increases the risk of having an awesome Friday night!

Source: The internet.
N.B. What you read may or may not be factual.

Looks like my Friday nights may now include taste-testing various strawberry recipes so I can live longer and not lose my sight!

Have you eaten your strawberries today??

Om nom nom nom!

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