As we head into the peak berry-picking season of summer, which fresh berry is best? Here’s our fact-based, completely subjective ranking, which takes into account taste, nutrition and ease of use.
Just one cup of strawberries is packed with more than 80 mg of vitamin C — a powerful antioxidant — which is around the recommended daily dose for adults. Plus, it clocks in at just 50 calories and contains other beneficial compounds that help combat age-related cognitive decline, heart disease and some forms of cancer. These bright little beauties also contain a host of other nutrients such as folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Given all this, you can polish off an entire pint and pat yourself on the back (nope, you can’t do that with ice cream). Strawberries, like all the berries profiled here, contain soluble fiber that helps you feel full while delivering natural, juicy sweetness, yet possess a unique flavor and texture that makes them the most versatile berry come mealtime. At breakfast, slice them over yogurt or blend into smoothies. At lunch or dinner, try them in a spinach salad: Since strawberries are low in acid, a tart balsamic vinaigrette makes an excellent flavor complement. When it comes to easy desserts, strawberries are a hands-down winner, too, whether layered with whipped cream into strawberry shortcake or enrobed in decadent chocolate.
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