Happy Monday and thanks for checking back. As promised, you will find a most delicious strawberry jam recipe, at the end of my blog, but first, a few healthy and fascinating facts on our friend the strawberry.
Health benefits of strawberries
- Strawberry is low in calories (32 cal/100 g) and fats but rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
- Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consumption of these berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
- Strawberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of anti-oxidant strength) of about 3577µmol TE per 100 grams.
- Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin-C (100 g provide 58.8 mg or about 98% of RDI), which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation and scavenge harmful free radicals.
- The fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fats.
- Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- Furthermore, they contain good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is important for prevention of dental caries.
I can hear it now, yeah yeah, thanks for the info Stefanie, but we want strawberry jam. Well, consider it done. Below please find a tested and recommended recipe from the Ball Blue Book. Be sure to bookmark this page so you have a quick reference when that most delicious time of the year rolls around. Till then…..enjoy the family. Stefanie Quick Strawberry Jam
- 2 quarts strawberries
- 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 1 package powdered pectin
- 7 cups sugar
Crush the berries, one layer at a time. Measure 4 1/2 cups berries and grated orange peel into a large sauce pot. Add pectin and place over high heat. Stir until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Add the sugar; return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour hot into hot jars, leaving ¼ head space. Adjust caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: about 8 half pints.
Recipe courtesy of Ball Blue Book: The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing