Strawberry Goodness

Strawberry Hull Tea by Fran W.

Since ancient times every part of the strawberry plant has been used to improve health in some way!

The leaves of the wild strawberry plant have been used medicinally for centuries by many different cultures to help unpleasant issues such as diarrhea, liver disease, inflammation of the digestive tract and a few other things. 

Fresh strawberries are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folate, and manganese and scientists are beginning to learn how they play an important role in fighting some types of cancer.

If you crush up the red flesh of a strawberry you can smear it on your skin to sooth a sunburn or whiten teeth if you mix it with a 1/2 tsp of baking soda!

Strawberries are a very versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways, one of those ways is as a delicious tea.

Strawberry Sun Tea by Fran W

Strawberry Sun Tea

To a clear 2 quart container, add 3-4 of your favorite regular tea bags, 5 large strawberries, washed and sliced, and enough water to fill up the container 2″ from the top. Close or cover the opening of the container, and put it outside in the sun or in a sunny location for 4 hours.

Once the 4 hours are up, fill a glass with ice and your favorite sweetener (if you use any), a lemon wedge and enjoy. 

Add strawberries to hot tea

Slice up a strawberry or two and add it to a cup of your favorite hot tea. Sweeten and add milk or cream as you normally would.

Strawberry Hull Tea 

The hull of the strawberry is the leafy green part that is usually discarded, but surprisingly enough, it can be used to make tea. The leaves can be used fresh or dried and some of the top of the strawberry can be used as well.

To make this tea, place 10 hulls into a cup and pour 1 cup of boiling water over them. Allow them to sit for a 5 minutes or so, then strain the hulls or pull them out with a fork, add a teaspoon or so of your favorite sweetener and a little milk or cream and enjoy! Makes 1 cup.

Variation #1: If you would like a stronger tea, put a tea bag in the cup along with the strawberry hulls and enjoy the way you normally would.

Variation #2: In addition to adding strawberry hulls to the tea, slices of fresh strawberries can be added too.

This article is part of my Strawberry Craze series.

If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of strawberries, please visit the following sites:

How strawberries can be used medically.

Strawberries: Health Benefits
An article about the health benefits of strawberries.

The World’s Healthiest Foods: Strawberries

Health and nutrition benefits of strawberries.

This activity is part the Strawberry Craze series.

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Find out how to extract DNA from a strawberry using simple household items.

More strawberry related activities can be found in my ebook Strawberry Craze. This 91 page ebook is filled with 30 strawberry-related activities and 15 yummy, kid-friendly recipes. Click to learn more.

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