May is Strawberry and Peppers Month!
Did you know??
The strawberry is a member of the rose family and is the only fruit with seeds on the outside. On average, there are 200 seeds on each berry. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring. If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times. Current research suggests that eating just 8 strawberries a day can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cancers and even improve cognitive function. Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
The American Indians introduced the Colonists to strawberries. The crushed berries were mixed with cornmeal and baked into bread. After trying this bread, Colonists developed their own version of the recipe and created Strawberry Shortcake.
Bell peppers originated in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Peppers come in a variety of colors. The red, orange, and yellow bell peppers are actually very ripe versions of green bell peppers. Red and yellow bell peppers are sweeter than green because they actually sweeten as they ripen. They also can contain more than twice the vitamin C of a green pepper. Bell peppers are generally a good source of Vitamin A.