Monday, March 13, 2006

Strawberry- A Sweet and bright red fruit

Strawberry- A Sweet and bright red fruitEveryone knows strawberry is a sweet juicy heart shaped fruit. Everyone like them, we eat strawberry shakes, ice creams and jams. The botanical name of strawberry is Fragaria ananassa. The strawberry tree gets the red fruits in October and November. Although similar in size and appearance to real strawberries they have a very bitter taste. The pretty white bell-shaped flowers appear at the same time, and these will produce fruits the following year.
Strawberries have grown wild for millennia in temperature regions throughout the world. They began being cultivated sometime before the Christian era. They are the highly prized fruits among Romans. Strawberries not only look like a fruity heart shaped valentines, they are filled with unusual phytonutrients that love to promote your health. Strawberries are rich in sodium, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, sugar and proteins. Strawberries are currently produced in countries like United States, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Strawberries, like other berries, are famous in the phytonutrient world as a rich source of phenols. All this make them a heart protective fruit. They are also anti cancer and anti inflammatory fruits. There anti inflammatory properties includes ability of to lesson the activity of enzyme cyclo oxygenase or cox. Thus there intake is helpful for patients with rheumatoid and osteosclerosis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and cancer. Unlike other cox-inhibitor drugs strawberry do not cause intestinal bleeding.
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