Monday, December 26, 2011

STRAWBERRY AND ROSE HIP TEA RECIPE. THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROSE HIP, STRAWBERRY AND HIBISCUS.

STRAWBERRY AND ROSE HIP TEA RECIPE
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROSE HIP, STRAWBERRY AND HIBISCUS.
GARDEN STRAWBERRIES
GARDEN STRAWBERRIES


The garden strawberry is cultivated worldwide for it's fruit, the common strawberry. It has a characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture and sweet. It is eaten fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juices, pies, ice creams and yogurts or dried as used in cereal barsThe garden strawberry was first bred in France and have replaced, in commercial production, 


the woodland strawberry, which  was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century.


Some may experience an allergy eating strawberries, the most common being “oral allergy syndrome” ( OAS) -  a type of food allergy, classified by a cluster of allergic reactions in the mouth in response to eating certain (usually fresh) fruits , nuts and vegetables that usually develops in adults who are hay fever sufferers.  In severe cases, it may cause breathing problems
Two of the many  varieties grown for consumption.
1-Musk strawberry- a native to Europe ( above pic)
2-Wild strawberry or also known as Woodland / Alpine/ European strawberry, is a plant that grows naturally throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It is used for gourmet food (below)
The delicate strawberries are still harvested by hand.
STRAWBERRY TEA RECIPE-..


Ingredients:
1 1/2  cup strawberry fruits
½ cup strawberry leaves-
For both strawberries and leaves, wash clean, soak with salt water for 5 minutes and finally rinse off salt.
1 tablespoon rosehip syrup
Sweetener (optional)1 teaspoon orange zest
3 1/2 cups water
If  there  are no strawberry leaves, substitute
with either  6 pieces hibiscus buds or 1 sachet of green tea
The way to prepare
Boil water with strawberry leaves or substitutes and orange zest, until 2 ½ cups left. Put off fire and stir in sweetener , then leave to cool.
Once cooled, strain away residue. Add in fresh strawberries and blend.
Pour into 2 glasses and add half  tablespoon rosehip syrup for each glass. Add some ice cubes, drink cold.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES,
 ROSE HIPS AND  HIBISCUS
One cup (144 g) of strawberries contains approximately 45 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium  and flavonoids (catechin).  Potassium may help to maintain a healthy blood pressure
Rose hips  contain some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids and plenty of antioxidant flavonoids
Catechins  is a very powerful anti-oxidant and they oxidize extremely easily. Strawberries, Rose hips, and green tea have  great catechins.
Drinking hibiscus tea can reduce high blood pressure in people with type 2 diabeties.
Flavonoids, found in plants (specifically catechins) are "the most common group of polyphenolic  compounds found  in the human diet .

Flavonoids, a powerful anti-oxidant activity, which may be stronger than those of vitamin C and E, depending on concentrations tested


Catechins can possibly reduce  brain damage caused by strokes-
Catechin helps in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease ( destruction of  brain cells) and Parkinson’s disease (a degenerative brain disease- creating  loss of mobility and speech).
Studies show that flavonoids also have anti-allergy , anti-inflammatory,  anti-microbial, ant-cancer  and anti-diarrheal activities, inhibit  cardiovascular disease

48 comments:

  1. Strawberries are a fragrant, red-coloured, ground-dwelling fruit. Their history dates back over 2,000 years with records showing a variety of breeds as a native in many parts of the world.

    In the early eighteenth century a strawberry hybrid was created that took its size from a South American variety and its taste and fragrance from France. This created what it is known today as the common strawberry that is preferred throughout Europe.

    The strawberry is often described as a luxury item, enjoyed by royalty. France’s King Charles V had over 3000 planted at the Louvre in Paris, King Louis XIII ate them everyday; and both Louis XIII and Louis XIV the latter enjoyed the berries so much that they are recorded to have eaten them to the point of indigestion!

    The use of strawberries and of the strawberry plant itself for therapeutic purposes dates back as long as they have been eaten. American Indians prepared infusions of strawberry plant leaves as a treatment for stomach pain and gastrointestinal ailments such as diarrhoea. Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus was convinced that strawberries had miraculously healed his severe attack of gout; and the French philosopher Bernard de Fontenelle, who died at the age of 100 attributed the secret of his longevity to strawberries.

    Strawberries also contain a large amount of antioxidant, anticancer,anti-neurodegenerative, and anti-inflammatory properties, making them, like many other berries, very useful as a natural alternative to western medicine.

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  2. Hi Wan, thank you for this post, very informative indeed a healthy one. I love strawberry and just learned it now that it has Catechins that helps our body a lot.:) Thank you so much Wan! :) Happy holidays! :) Keep sharing us more! :)

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  3. Another informative post on this wonder fruit! Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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  4. informative post... thanks for sharing...

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  5. What a great post. And I love the photo of the strawberries!

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  6. very informative,thanks for sharing ...

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  7. hi isa, thank you so much, you always do extra research for me , appreciate that very much. Benefits my readers too. have a wonderful day to you.

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  8. Wonderful and informative post. I love strawberries very much.

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  9. hi sagittarian, many thanks for coming and i am really glad that my post has benefit you. have a nice day..

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  10. hi Treat and Tricks, many thanks for coming and glad you like strawberries too, have a wonderful day

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  11. Hi amina khaleel, thanks for your visit and sweet comment. have a nice day

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  12. hi yummy chunklet, glad you came, thanks, and sure the pics are beautiful... i did some digital art to them ha ha.. have a nice day

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  13. Hi! Wan, just wanted to inform you that, I have succesfuly given my b.com exams and now i have again moved to blogging. Check out my new post. By the way you have wrote a very nice post. Love strawberry.

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  14. hi amy, thanks for being here dear, have a nice day and thanks for the sweet comment.

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  15. hi urmai, glad to see you again, oh ya? i like strawberries too, especially knowing their health benefits... yummy and healthy. have a nice day to you.

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  16. hi sarang mangi, CONGRATULATIONS, you passed your exams.. great for you, ok will visit you soon, thanks for the comment and dropping by..
    happy for you, have a nice day

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  17. Interesting post.Its so interesting..berries nutrition research reveals many health benefits for heart, cancer protection and memory.

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  18. hi emaginesol, thanks for your visit, glad to know you and happy that you like this post.. strawberry really great for the nerves i guess..hence parkinson and arthritis etc , will visit you soon.

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  19. hi Dana, thanks for your visit and have a nice day
    and your smiley too..

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  20. hi residential image, thanks for dropping by, glad to know you, have a nice day

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  21. I love eating strawberries but I don't think I get its real taste compared to the ones in Cameron Highland. The tastes differs a lot. I think it's due to the sudden change of temperature. What I mean is strawberries sold in supermarkets aren't sweet.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very informative post. :)

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  22. Great information and fantastic pictures! I've never seen any sort of strawberry except for the cultivated ones...thanks for sharing! It's amazing the health properties of certain foods!

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  23. hi balqis, thanks for coming over, i agree with what you said..they probably pluck the strawberries very early, so its sweetness is not there yet. have a nice day

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  24. hi Ann, glad you came, you are back so fast from the holidays, i think you did a post on the 2nd day of christmas... hardworking lady, have a nice day

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  25. I would love a cup of the strawberry flavoured tea and its been like so long since I had eaten berries. Lovely sharing with plenty of info Maznah.

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  26. This is a lovely and an useful post Wan. loved this.

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  27. hi nava,thanks for coming over, strawberries are so nutritous, its worth drinking it with rose hips which is also very nutritous. have a nice day

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  28. hi zareena, thanks for coming over dear, glad you like this beneficial post..have a nice day

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  29. I love strawberries Wan and my hometown is the strawberry capital in our country..I want some strawberry shake weeeee..happy new year Wan ;)

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  30. hi Sie, many thanks for coming over, wow, its so nice to have plenty of strawberries near your place- fresh and sweet... i would love that.. have a wonderful day dear

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  31. I love Strawberries but I will have to wait the summer to go get the real ones with the real flavour. I note the tea recipe, it sounds a good one, with many benefits. Thanks for sharing your always great posts with us.
    Take care and have a peaceful end of year Wan!

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  32. hi Marie Harmony, thanks for your visit dear, wow quite a wait for summer to pick fresh strawberries again.. you are a very patient lady..have a nice day, i am glad you like my post/s

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  33. hi Wan
    belated happy x'mas i have also net problen
    charries are beautiful and post is very informative

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  34. strawberry tea sounds great..very informative and beautiful post..

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  35. hi santosh, many thanks for coming over, thank you for liking my post and have a nive day to you.

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  36. hi sobha, thanks for your visit and for the sweet comment, have a wonderful day

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  37. This tea sounds amazing! So refreshing with the strawberry leaves, fruit and rose!! A combination so perfect! How are you, dear Wan? How were your holidays?

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  38. I love to add strawberries in my yogurt mix blend with oat. Strawberries tea love to try this one!

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  39. hi purabi naha, thanks for coming over, i am fine, happy holidays to you.. very special herb tea having the strawberry leaves added to it.

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  40. Hi cindyrina, i welcome your visit, glad you like strawberries and keen to try this herb tea recipe.
    have a nice day

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  41. Hi,
    First time to your space....You have a wonderful space with lots of yummy recipes and informative posts...Glad to follow you.

    This strawberry tea sounds really refreshing.

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  42. Hi Kaveri, thanks for coming over first time, glad you like my site, will visit you soon, have a nice day

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  43. We grow alpine strawberry here. It easy to grow from seeds and the seeds are interesting because unlike other fruit where the seeds are inside, strawberry seeds are outside of the fruit attached to the skin. We have many self-sowed alpine strawberry in the garden each spring.

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  44. Hi diana, thanks for coming, great to hear about your alpine strawberries, must be a beautiful sight and a fun harvest. have a nice day

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  45. hi guncel haber, thanks for visiting first time, not sure which skirt you mean, anyway have a nice day

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