Did you know that fruits and vegetables get their bright colours because of the nutrients that are inside of them? When you pick your own strawberries at a strawberry farm near you, you can enjoy the many health benefits of these juicy fruits. Here are some of the health benefits of picking your own strawberries this season.
STRAWBERRIES CAN FORM PART OF A DIABETES-FRIENDLY DIET
Although often sweet in taste, strawberries are actually low in sugar, relative to many other foods, especially prepared foods, which makes them a great snack for all, including for those wanting or needing low-sugar foods. Strawberries also contain flavanoids. Flavanoids can have a role in protection of the kidney and brain from complications that normally arise in type 1 and 2 diabetes.
STRAWBERRIES BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which has a role in protecting and strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C also strengthens joints, keeps your eyes healthy, helps your body absorb iron and protects your tissues from damage. Strawberries also contain vitamins K, B2, B5, B6, and copper, magnesium, folic acid, potassium, and omega fatty acids.
THEY CONTAIN FREE RADICAL-FIGHTING AGENTS
When you see a red fruit, it is usually packed with anthocyanins and lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid. Antioxidants are understood to have a role in pushing free radical cells out of the body. Free radicals are believed to have a role in certain cancers and heart disease.
STRAWBERRIES COULD PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM UV RAYS
A recent study conducted by a team of Spanish and Italian researchers showed that when strawberry extract is added to the skin, it can potentially assist in protection from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Not only do the anthocyanins—the compound that give strawberries their rich, red colour—have antioxidant and anti-tumour properties, but they have also shown to protect against DNA damage.
OTHER BENEFITS OF PICKING YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
- Picking your own strawberries in the great outdoors provides a very enjoyable form of exercise and a healthy dose of vitamin A-producing sunshine
- Picking your own strawberries means that you are guaranteed freshness
- Strawberry picking in season means more flavourful strawberries as they are picked at their ripest
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES AT ROBINTIDE FARMS
If you want to reap the benefits of picking fresh, local strawberries, visit Robintide Farms’ beautiful strawberry fields. Robintide Farms is a family-owned farm, and for over 50 years, we have provided farm-fresh food and agricultural products, as well as horse breeding, training, and boarding services to our customers. We serve the Greater Toronto Area from Brampton to Markham and Toronto, and we are dedicated to providing fresh, healthy, and appetizing farm products to our customers.
When you visit our farm, you can pick-your-own-strawberries, raspberries, and vegetables, such as green beans, green peas, snow peas, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, beets and radishes each June and July.
If you are looking for farm-fresh products near you or want your family to experience the joys of picking your own strawberries from a safe, local source, then come and pick your own produce at our strawberry farm in the GTA. You’ll love visiting our farm!