Tasting North Carolina Strawberries


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On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 morning students taste-tested strawberry wraps at breakfast.  Strawberries are the pick of the month for May, and these particular strawberries came to us through the North Carolina Farm to School program.  They were grown in the eastern part of the state.

Strawberries, besides being sweet and delicious, are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants.  They have significant amounts of the minerals potassium and manganese.  Like most fruits they are relatively low in calories and high in fiber.


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Strawberries are grown on farms all over the state, and the strawberry harvest season begins in the coastal plain in April and moves west to the mountains as spring progresses.  Local farms usually harvest strawberries in mid-to-late May.  An interesting fact about North Carolina strawberries are that very few of them are shipped out of state.

Strawberries are best if eaten very soon after picking.  If you need to store them, they should be spread in a single layer in a covered container and kept in the refrigerator.  Do not wash or remove the “cap” until ready to prepare and eat them.

Taste Test Results

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Simple Strawberry Wrap Recipe

1 whole wheat tortilla

¼ cup cottage cheese (can substitute 1 ounce of cream cheese)

2-3 sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon sugar

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Spread the cottage cheese on the tortilla.  Place strawberry slices in middle of the tortilla.  Sprinkle on sugar and cinnamon.  Roll up, slice diagonally into 2 or 3 pieces if desired, serve.


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