1000 Word Wednesdays – April 16th 2014

Strawberries are in abundance in the market!

Strawberries are in abundance in the market!

Strawberries are easily one of my favorite fruits! I recall growing up in the country when I was younger and loving the summer time because we had raspberry and strawberry plants growing on our 5 acre yard. Our golden retriever loved to help me pick the strawberries and I would help her with the raspberries so she wouldn’t get a mouth full of thorns!

Living in the states, strawberries were very expensive, so I never really had the chance to enjoyed them unless they were on sale. Even then, they would be anywhere from 3 to 5 dollars a pound. (Maybe we just weren’t in a good region for strawberries?). If you are like me, that pound of strawberries can easily be eaten in one setting.

So move forward to the present. I went to the market for the first time and checked out the selection of fruit. Vendors were yelling the prices of various frutas and telling me how their products were the best around! (for a point of reference, 1 dollar = about Q8)
Pineapple – Q6, Q10, Q15!
Apples – Q10 per bag (4 or 5 small apples)
Mangos – Q10 per bag (5 mangos)
Grapes – Q10 per bag (about 1.5 pounds)

Strawberries – Dos Libras por Q5

Wait… did I hear that right? 2 pounds of strawberries for Q5??? That’s not even 30 cents a pound! Before you start crunching numbers to prove me wrong, remember that even though the vendors said “2 pounds”, some still used kilogram weights to measure. 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds. The slight technicality actually worked in my favor. 🙂

With excitement and still some disbelief, I told the lady I wanted 4 pounds of strawberries. She had to ask me to make sure that’s what I wanted and I said yes. She bagged up 4 pounds and said “That will be Q10”. I handed her the money and gave a look of “Oh don’t worry, I’m going to eat these all in 3 days and I’ll be back to buy another 4 pounds”.

I will give you a word of advice though. It’s best to go to the market early in the morning to get the freshest strawberries. As you can see from the picture, I bought these strawberries around 10 am and they were “muy rico!”

It feels like I have reunited with a long lost love. Strawberries are a part of my diet everyday and I couldn’t be happier!
This concludes my 1000 Word Wednesdays story, but I will give you a big of knowledge as to why strawberry are considered a super food (compliments of http://www.care2.com/):

1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins. (The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry)

2. Boost short term memory
The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks. (The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry)

3. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories.

4. Ease Inflammation
Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP. (Harvard School of Public Health.)

5. Lower cardiovascular disease
Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.

6. Promote bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.

7. Prevent oesophageal cancer
Studies show freeze-dried strawberry powder may help prevent human oesophageal cancer.

8. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging. 

9. Good for weight loss
The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.

10. Promote eye health
Eating three or more servings of fruit like strawberries may lower the risk of macular degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss. (Archives of Ophthalmology)