Classification of Fruit

* Strawberries are part of the BERRY family.

* Strawberries come from the root of their plant.

* Other fruits in the same family as Strawberries are Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries.

Consumer Information

When Purchasing

* When purchasing Strawberries look for the stem cap which should still be attached.

* Strawberries should also have a rich red color.

Storing Strawberries

* should be dry

* should not be bunched up on one another

* sealed tightly

Forms in which Strawberries can be Purchased

* Fresh


* Jam

Serving size

* Fresh - 1 Cup

* Frozen - 1 Cup

* Jam - 1/8 Cup

Nutritional Information

Nutrients found in Strawberries

* Vitamin C

* Dietary Fiber

* Potassium

* Magnesium

How those Nutrients help the body

* Vitamin C - helps the Immune System, and helps Cardiovascular Disease

* Dietary Fiber - Normalizes bowel movements, Helps maintain bowel health, and help lower cholesterol levels.

* Potassium - Helps the heart beat, helps with the movement of muscles, and Helps filter blood.

* Magnesium - Prevents constipation

Preparation Tips

* Wash right before they will be used ( NOT BEFORE )

* Wash in chill water ( LEAVE ON THE STEM )

* Pat the Strawberries dry

* Then remove the Stem

- Note that if the stem is removed Before washing the Strawberries will absorb liquid and the quality of the strawberry will degrade.



2 cups fresh strawberries, divided

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 4-serving-size package regular coconut cream pudding mix (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 8 - ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 9 - inch baked pastry shell
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Toasted shredded coconut
  • Directions:
  • 1. In a food processor or blender, place 1 cup of the strawberries. Cover and process or blend till finely chopped.

    2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in chopped strawberries and the water. Cook and stir over medium heat till thickened and bubbly; remove from heat and cool.

    3. Prepare pudding mix as directed on package using 1 1/2 cups milk. Stir pineapple into warm pudding and pour into pastry shell. Halve remaining strawberries and arrange over the filling in 2 to 3 rows around the outer edge of the pie. Top pie with strawberry mixture. Loosely cover and chill 3 hours or till firm. Top each serving with whipped cream and toasted coconut. Makes 8 servings.

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