Approx 90 percent of the nation’s strawberries are grown in California. We are fortunate to still have many strawberry fields here in Orange County, providing access to freshly picked locally grown berries and all the nutrients and antioxidants that come with them.
Why Buy Local Strawberries
According to World’s Healthiest Foods website, when total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberries came out 4th among all fruits, behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries. (See full article here www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=32)
Strawberries are high in vitamin C, help regulate blood sugar and fight inflammation.
On average, studies show 2 days as the maximal time for strawberry storage without major loss of vitamin C and polyphenol antioxidants. It’s not that strawberries become dangerous to eat or invaluable after 2 days. It’s just that more storage time brings along with it substantially more nutrient loss.
Just a few years ago, methyl iodide use was halted in the U.S., and before that methyl bromide was banned in the U.S. Methyl iodide and methyl bromide are both toxic pesticides used in strawberry production. These compounds are not prohibited just over the border, so check the label to make sure it is California grown if you buy strawberries through the supermarkets. Even better, go to Irvine’s Manassero Farm or San Juan Capistrano’s South Coast Farm for locally grown and freshly picked organic strawberries.
Your body will thank you.