Monday, June 20, 2016

An Ode to Strawberries

I'm taking the time out to celebrate how delicious plain ole strawberries-- rinsed and sliced-- are to enjoy on Strawberry Full Moon Night.
Years ago I wouldn't be revealing such sentiments. Raised on despicable strawberry hard candies and scrumptious artificial berry mix (which as children we ate the bag), it took a while to appreciate real, true strawberries. As a picky person, the seedy texture wasn't enjoyable. Until now. 
My fondness came late. At least it came.
Strawberries are sweet and tart, plump, a luscious shade of red, and utterly romantic.
We love them dipped in chocolate or topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Yet the naked strawberry is most endearing-- especially by the bowlful.

Strawberry Moon right behind the house. Lovely sight. My camera couldn't quite correctly capture luminous essence lighting up blue skies.
Eating plentiful fruits and vegetables almost always provide positive inner workings of the body. Strawberries are no exception. According to Organic Facts:
Strawberries improve eye care, brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, and various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature aging.
Yes! All the more reason to consume. The more strawberries the merrier, right? Well, likely not. Moderation is key. 
I'm happy to appreciate nowadays.
If needing a little more than the plain Jane, add strawberries in sweet desserts like this Raspberry & Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie or three ingredient Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

Redder than roses, redder than your best lipstick-- the strawberry is shaped like a voluptuous kiss and tastes sweeter than any such affections Prince Charming can deliver.
And it's easy to consume a whole quart of these beauties. Thank you Mother Nature. This was perfect dessert after dinner tonight.

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