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Keeping your strawberries fresh this summer of sport

Posted On : 18/06/2013

Britain's summer of sport gets underway next Monday when the first ball is served at Wimbledon, which also means it's now officially strawberry season! One serving of about eight strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange, while a cup of them has around 45 kilo calories of energy. Strawberries are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and a good source of folate and potassium, as well as a great supply of dietary fibre and manganese. However, despite their intense sweet taste there is a downside to strawberries in that if you don't eat them within a few days they go mouldy, mainly because the typically dark and damp conditions in a fridge are a haven for them to go off. But there is good news for strawberries because scientists have worked out how to double their shelf life by bathing them in UV light. If it's done over a long period of time it means they don't go off for at least nine days, which should see them last for the majority of Wimbledon. The technique sees a novel use of LED technology that turns a fridge into a chilly sun bed by bathing the contents in UV light, which could also have benefits for other fresh produce. Strawberries currently feature in our fruit boxes along with nectarines and juicy peaches. Contact us today to find out more.