I feel so sorry for anyone who doesn't live in British Columbia right now. It's strawberry season, and B.C. grows the very best strawberries in the entire world -- probably the universe. If you were to compare a B.C. strawberry with one from anywhere else, there would be no comparison, B.C. strawberries are the best. Well, maybe I am exaggerating just a little bit, but they are wonderful. They're a deep red in color -- all the way through -- and sweet and juicy. Succulent.
Did you know that strawberries:
• Were cultivated in ancient Rome.
• Were used as a medicinal herb as early as the 13th Century.
• Are not really a fruit or a berry but are the enlarged receptacle of the flower.
• Are grown in every province in Canada.
• Are a member of the Rose family.
• Have a museum dedicated to them in Belgium.
• Have only 55 calories per cup, 0 cholesterol and 0 fat.
• Are very high in vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy B.C. strawberries -- and I have many -- is to slice them up and serve them with some (low fat) ricotta cheese, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. Yum! Don't you wish you had some right now?