Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Food News

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.


  1. I don't see how strawberries can be good for you. They taste too good!

  2. OK! You *force* me to say it.... Stop reading the Huffington Post. Life will be better, ALL ways.

    I myself wouldn't touch that on-line-rag, with a 10' pole, as the saying goes.

    Gentle hugs,

  3. I agree with Mike. Rhubarb is the worst!!

  4. Rhubarb pie is yummy. So is Strawberry-Rhubarb pie. But Strawberry pie is the very best.

    Jerry would eat worms before he would eat rhubarb.

  5. As a kid I love rhubarb, but I really don't like it as an adult. I guess I should try to eat it again since it is so good for you.

  6. I had my first rhubarb at the tender age of 70. It will probably be another 70 years before I try it again.
    Now strawberries-----that is different.

  7. My Bob would agree with your Mike. However, I like the rhubarb/strawberry combo. Unfortunately, rhubarb takes quite a bit of sugar to make it palatable. Oh - who cares - let's enjoy both while they're in season (esp. the strawberries which can just be eaten plain).

  8. Yeah, too bad what the shortcake does to the health benefits of the strawberry.

  9. My husband loves strawberry rhubarb pie! We used to have rhubarb at our old house until someone volunteered to mow the back yard for us and mowed the rhubarb too. It never came back! ~ Strawberries are coming in season down here in Jersey! Can't wait to get some. Strawberry/Rhubarb Jam is great to make too!

  10. I was outside this morning and tiny little green strawberries are appearing. I am looking forward to a June diet of strawberries.

  11. When we Southerners go up North, strawberry-rhubarb pie is one of the dishes we always indulge in.

  12. We're growing strawberries, little baby ones, but they're might tasty.


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