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Friday, May 20, 2016

Strawberry Time and a bit of Strawberry Salsa

Growing up in a family of farmers from everyone from uncles and aunts, grandparents and so many others working the fields I grew up knowing what hard work was. My father and mother lived in town but often was found in the fields, barns and surroundings helping so many others. Planting the crops and waiting for them to produce is something that a kid looks forward to. One of the first plants to produce in early spring is strawberries. Strawberries are so delicious and can be used in so many different recipes. 

My childhood home, yes in town, had a yard filled with so many plants. My daddy had a strawberry patch he was very proud of. When the weather was right and the berries started to bloom it was warned to not go near the patch. When the time came right daddy would bring some in for the family to share. Now, I do not know a lot about strawberries but this little trivia that should help us all learn a bit more .

Strawberry Trivia Facts
1. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
2. Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside.
3. Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family.
4. Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium.
5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity
As I mentioned strawberries can be used in many ways. From eating them fresh from the strawberry patch as I did as a kid to using them in a great assortment of recipes. Strawberry salsa is a great way to share the berries with many and perfect for a warm spring night. I hope you Enjoy!!!!

1 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Gently mix all  in a medium sized bowl. Serve immediately.  You can make this a couple of hours before serving, but if you let sit too long, it will develop a liquid base.

Serve with cinnamon tortilla chips, or over top of grilled chicken, pork, or fish for a sweet and savory addition to your meal.

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