Strawberries are actually from the rose family and are said to have originated from Europe. Strawberries were found in other regions however such as South America, where they were bigger in size. They are popular in salads and desserts, but not as a main meal. They are also popular for their health benefits. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They have been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion and the fibre is thought to have a satiating effect. The vibrant red colour of strawberries is due to large amounts of anthocyanidin, which also means they contain powerful antioxidants and are thought to protect against inflammation, cancer and heart disease. Seek your strawberry intake today!