The most delicious of all fruits! Strawberries! I could eat them every day, in all forms – fresh with cream and sugar, puree with pancakes, tarts and ice cream. Not only so extremely yummy but also so healthy. Strawberries contain a range of nutrients, with vitamin C heading the group. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight free radicals. These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red. So what are these weird free radicals? Free radicals are elements that can damage cells, and they are thought to contribute to the formation of many kinds of cancer. In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Adding fresh strawberries to your diet, whether they are in salads, smoothies, or on their own, is a great way to get the servings of fruit you need for a well-rounded body and a healthy immune system.
1kg Strawberries, hulled
1kg Sugar with Pectin
The Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1. Prepare the jars (wash, dry, keep warm)
2. Place all the ingredients in a large pan and heat gently over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Raise the heat and bring to the boil then continue to boil for about 4 minutes.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and test for a set (see notes below).
5. Cool for about 15 minutes, skimming off any scum with a metal spoon.
6. Transfer to the prepared jars and seal