#Giveaway Swag from #CaStrawberryTour + 5 Things I Never Knew About Strawberries

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Photo courtesy of Lahleyoo of Fabie de Silva Photography

Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending an event at The Chopping Block (the Chicago Merchandise Mart), hosted by California Strawberries and MJ Tam, the Chicagonista.  The food was delicious and only exceeded by the quality of the company!  Bloggers are such a fun group!

I learned so many things about strawberries, that I had no idea about before this event.

1.  Strawberries are hand-picked in the field and placed directly into the plastic clamshells that you buy them in.  The containers are placed in trays, go to refrigerated areas and then transported in refrigerated trucks to your local grocery store.  About two days to get from the California field to a Chicago grocery store.  Wow!  It doesn’t get much fresher than that.  Who knew?  Somehow I had pictured machines and conveyor belts, sprays and more machines.  Nope, it’s amazing.

2.  The fields are well-maintained and so clear and un-cluttered.  I’ve only seen local gardens with strawberries and well, weeds.  Other plants close by…  Check out this picture of a strawberry field.  The plants are in beds with plastic underneath – keep down the weeds and keep the berries from ever touching the ground.  Wow.  Who knew?

3.  The workers are trained in health and safety procedures.  The strawberry industry in California is extremely concerned with health and safety.  After other food illness scares, they are very aware that their livelihood depends on this issue. According to the President of the California Strawberry Commission, “Growers must regularly test and monitor all aspects of the growing cycle, maintain records of test results, and file reports to local, regional, and state agencies. As responsible stewards of the land, California strawberry growers take all of these steps to ensure that strawberries are produced in the safest possible manner and in full compliance with existing laws.”

4.  Did you know that California exports strawberries to other countries?  And not just a few!  In 2009, California exported 241.6 million pounds of fresh strawberries and 32.1 million pounds of frozen strawberries, with a combined value of $316.4 million.

In 2009, fresh strawberries were exported to these countries:  Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and oui, oui, you guessed it! France.

5.  Strawberries are a nutritional “super-food”.

David Grotto of Nutrition Housecall and George Chavez, California Strawberry Grower. Photo courtesy of Lahleyoo of Fabie de Silva Photography

David Grotto, of Nutritional Housecall, named berries as one of the 10 BEST Superfoods, saying, “Berries are “berry” good sources of nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium and anthocyanins, which are known to fight heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Rich in fiber and low in calories, berries taste great in salads or over breakfast cereal. Pick a color, any color!”

Enter to win a California Strawberry Swag Bag

As always, I want to share the goodies with you!  So enter here to win a Swag Bag from the event, including the cookbook California Strawberry Recipes for Everyday; David Grotto’s book, 101 Optimal Life Foods; a Strawberry Pin and an adorable, adorable reusable shopping bag that folds up to make an dare-I-say adorable little strawberry on a string.  (I have one of the cookbooks and love it – already made several recipes – and I’m not a cook!  Watch for upcoming posts.)


Disclosure: All opinions included in this post are my own, unless otherwise stated. In accordance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing a material connection because I received a Strawberry Recipes for Everyday Cookbook. 

Comments

  1. 1

    I think that little strawberry bag is adorable!!
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  2. 2

    I just ate some strawberries! I used spring mix salad and put some strawberries and pecans on it. Yummm. And I made some low sugar strawberry vinaigrette on it, too.,

  3. 3
    Terri S. says:

    Thanks for this sweet giveaway! I love to try new recipes and I love that strawberry bag & how it looks folded up. :)

  4. 4

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5

    I love to eat strawberries plain or with a little splenda sprinkled on

  6. 6
    Leanna Morris says:

    I love to eat them as is (but washed)

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