The Month of May is National Strawberry Month.
Strawberries are definitely a fruit to celebrate because they're packed with nutrition. According to WebMD, strawberries are "packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. They're a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides more vitamin C than an orange."
In our hometown of Virginia Beach, we celebrate by hosting a Strawberry Festival during Memorial Day Weekend. Here are a few recipes that have been featured in the Strawberry Festival.
Strawberry Angel Cake – Pungo Strawberry Festival
1 (10-inch) angel food cake, bought or homemade
11/4 box fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar or sweetener
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
- Slice cake horizontally into 3 layers. Reserve 1 cup strawberries.
- In large mixing bowl, mash remaining berries with sugar. Add sour cream and whipped cream.
- To construct cake, place largest layer on cake plate and top with strawberry mixture. Continue to layer cake slices and strawberry mixture, ending with strawberry mixture.
- Cut reserved berries in half to garnish top of cake. Chill well. To serve, garnish middle hole of cake with small bunch of fresh mint.
Strawberry Greek Yogurt Delight
2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed
3 T. honey
2 cups Greek yogurt
- Blend together frozen strawberries and 1 T. honey until smooth.
- Mix together Greek yogurt and remaining honey.
- Layer berries and yogurt in a glass cup.