Friday, January 7, 2011

Strawberry Time

Mahabaleshwar, a hill station near Mumbai is the strawberry capital of India.  It served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj.  The Britishers introduced strawberry farming in Mahabaleshwar as the red soil/ mud in Mahabaleshwar is suitable for the fruit.  

The Britishers brought these strawberry plantations from Australia and planted in Mahabalseshwar  and today they are exported to various countries.  

Over 1500 acres of strawberry farming is present in Mahabaleshwar.  The farms look their spectacular best  during May -June.

Strawberry facts:

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds outside.

Strawberries are member of the rose family.

there is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.

Strawberries are low fat, low calorie, high in Vitamin C, fiber, Folic acid and Potassium.

Strawberries if eaten regularly in diet, help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks.

Eating strawberries which are rich in Nitrates can increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscle by 7%.   This  prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.

Since strawberries are rich in fiber they help the body in absorbing nutrients.

Strawberries are food for diabetics, as they help stabilize the electrolytes in the body, in turn lowering the risk of stroke.

Strawberries are now available easily everywhere...........

They have found their way into the Fruit Market in Faridabad as well. Though  primarily a summer fruit they can be found in Winter too near my home.  

So go ahead and make strawberries an essential part of you diet for a  tasty and healthy experience.