Why you should only buy organic strawberries? This year, conventionally grown strawberries have topped the Environmental Working Groups “Dirty Dozen” list of the most pesticides of any other fruit or vegetable.
Today’s strawberries are often bigger and brighter than they used to be, but to get strawberries that look so pretty, farmers have to cover them with at least 20 synthetic chemicals. Yuck! And they don’t even taste as good.
Organic strawberries are often smaller, but they have much more flavor, and they’re much better for you. To increase yields and control pests, organic strawberry farmers use natural methods such as crop rotation. One year they grow broccoli, then the next year they grown strawberries in the same field. The broccoli has natural anti-fungal properties that cleans up the soil so that the strawberries can grow safely during the next growing season. Once they’ve harvested the strawberries, the farmers go back to broccoli for a year. It’s all part of Nature’s cycle! There is also an old “wive’s tale” that you will hear here in Florida. Some of the farmers plant onions at the end of their rows to keep the elephants out. hahaha. I asked one of them “Sooo that works huh?” (in a very sarcastic- there are no elephants roaming Florida tone!)
For which they responded… “Of course it works- You don’t see any Elephants in the patch, do you?” Funny, but true.
Super Simple Strawberry Popsicles
When it gets really hot, there’s nothing better than a home made popsicle. Even when you’re an adult – right???
It’s quick and easy to make your own, and the only equipment you need is popsicle molds and sticks. If you don’t have those, just freeze the mixture in small bowls and eat it with a spoon.
4 cups fresh strawberries
1 lime, zested, peeled and sliced
¼ cup honey
Put everything in a blender and blend it till it’s smooth. Then pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze for 2 to 3 hours. That’s it!
To remove your popsicles from the molds, fill a glass with warm water and place the mold into the warm water to help loosen them.
Recipe by NoBiggie
Photo Credit: Nobiggie.net