These delicious and vibrant berries are particularly handy for people with health challenges.
Firstly they are easy to grow in almost any container in a sunny or shadier spot, they don't require much energy, mobility, or strength to maintain, and can be picked fresh a few at a time as needed.
As a plus, they grow organically very well, and whereas supermarket fruit is grown for ease of transport not flavor, is often not very fresh due to travel time from grower to shop, and is also one of the most loaded with pesticides of all fruit (1)
As a plus, homegrown strawberries are packed with essential vitamins, such as vitamin C, and minerals that support overall well-being and helps to strengthen the immune system, and aids in the prevention of illnesses.
They are also rich in dietary fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and can be especially beneficial for individuals with conditions such as diabetes or gastrointestinal issues.
Strawberries also have antioxidant properties, which can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
These health-supporting properties of strawberries are particularly important for individuals with health challenges who may be more susceptible to these issues.
To grow strawberries, the cheapest way is to start with a packet of seeds, or you can start with little plants that will initially produce more fruit and earlier fruit for you. Most useful are the 'Everbearing' types which fruit intermittently over a number of months, whereas some strawberries mainly fruit just in June.
Later on in the year the plants also naturally produce 'Runners' which are little baby plants that will go on to also fruit for you the following year.
Strawberries in our diet can be a tasty and nutritious way to support overall health and quality of life.