strawberry juice

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Description

Strawberry juice is the fruit juice from strawberries. It is rich with Vitamin C and ranges from sweet to sweet tart in taste. The fragrantly sweet juiciness and deep red color of strawberries can brighten up both the taste and aesthetics of any meal; it is no wonder they are the most popular berry fruit in the world. Strawberry cultivars vary remarkably in size, color, flavor, shape, degree of fertility, season of ripening, liability to disease and constitution of plant. Strawberry juice or concentrate is often added to cocktails, such as Minute Maid, Strawberry passion. One cup (144 g) of strawberries contains approximately 45 calories (188 kJ) and is an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. Strawberry juice is a good source of vitamin C - strawberries contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Strawberries are also a source of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a compound which has been shown to prevent carcinogens from turning healthy cells into cancerous ones. Strawberry juice can be a little on thick side and so you will need to dilute it with another juice or water.

How to select

The fruits to be used for juicing are often picked before they are fully ripe to extend their shelf life. This can leave the strawberry over firm and lacking full flavour. Avoid strawberries that are soft or shrivelled as this signifies they are past their prime. Packaged juice cans and tetra paks should be checked for best before date and traces of leakages and bulging.

Culinary uses

" Strawberry juice as dressing, add a sweet spark to green salads.
" Instead of your morning glass of Orange Juice, have a glass of strawberry juice.
" The strawberry juice can be added to many cocktails and mocktails with other juices or alcohol.

How to store

Since strawberries are juicier when they're slightly warm rather than cool, store them at room temperature if you are planning on consuming them within a week of purchase. If you will not be using them within this time period, store them in the refrigerator crisper where they will keep fresh for two to three weeks. The freshly prepared strawberry juice should be consuming shortly after extraction or within a day of refrigeration.

Health benefits

" Strawberry juice is an excellent source of many nutrients and phytochemicals, able to contribute to a healthy diet.
" Strawberry juice is a good source of vitamin C,pectin fiber and the pink and red hues contain the beneficial antioxidant carotenoids.
" It also eases constipation, as it causes loosening of the bowels and stimulates defecation.

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