Oh, good! Just in time for the strawberry season*--an article in the Huffington Post by Leo Galland, M.D. about the strawberry weight loss research findings. It seems that strawberries increase metabolism and may suppress appetite. They have the effect of slowing digestion which in turn controls blood sugar. They have anti-inflammatory properties. All this and only about 50 calories for a cup, and these little beauties get in line with blueberries, pomegranate seeds, and cherries for their health benefits.
I was disappointed that there were no recipes with the article, but it was by a doctor not a pastry chef. I'm guessing that the weight loss benefits are overridden by things like shortcake, pie crust, and whipped cream.
See, I think I am reading some really good news, but there is always a down side.
*I wonder if there will in fact be a Vermont strawberry season this year. The fields are still flooded. And I just finished up the last of what I had frozen from last year.
One thing that doesn't seem to be hurt by rain is rhubarb.
Mine has not flowered for a number of years, but it is going to this year. The flower stalks and buds are pretty scary looking.
Rhubarb goes well with strawberries--although Mike categorizes rhubarb among the nuisance vegetables and would prefer it not to contaminate his strawberries in any way. It has long been known to have medicinal qualities--mostly laxative type effects from powders and tonics made from the roots. The green leaves contain oxalic crystals and are poisonous.