A few strawberry facts
☛ Strawberries come from a plant called ‘fragaria’.
☛ Strawberries are edible (and rather tasty) but technically they are receptacles (the thickened part of a stem) rather than berries.
☛ Making things even more confusing, the little hard pieces that appear to be seeds on a strawberry are actually a type of dry fruit (called achene)....that contain their own seeds!
☛ When ripe, strawberries are bright red, juicy and very sweet. (some ;)
☛ Strawberries have lots of vitamin C.
☛ Strawberry plants decline in quality and production after a few years so are typically replanted.
☛ Strawberries are picked with part of the stem still attached.
☛ Strawberries lower cholesterol, study suggests
Several studies had already demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries, but now researchers from the Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM, Italy), together with colleagues from the Universities of Salamanca, Granada and Seville (Spain), conducted an analysis that revealed that these fruits also help to reduce cholesterol.
The team set up an experiment in which they added 500 g of strawberries to the daily diets of 23 healthy volunteers over a month. They took blood samples before and after this period to compare data.
The results, which are published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, show that the total amount of cholesterol, the levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or bad cholesterol) and the quantity of triglycerides fell to 8.78%, 13.72% and 20.8% respectively. The high-density lipoprotein (HDL or good cholesterol) remained unchanged.
Eating strawberries also improved other parameters such as the general plasma lipid profile, antioxidant biomarkers (such as vitamin C or oxygen radical absorbance capacity), antihemolytic defences and platelet function. All parameters returned to their initial values 15 days after abandoning 'treatment' with strawberries.
This Strawberry DNA experiment shows how to extract and isolate the DNA from strawberries using household ingredients, me and Matt had fun with this =)http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/strawberry-dna#sthash.BATL3665.dpuf