Strawberries are so delicious to eat that they are not a common ingredient in juice. A day celebrating love is a good occasion to mix up your juicing routine and include these berries in your juice. Strawberries pair well with lime juice as well as the mint creating a blend that is sweet but also a little sour.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries offer some amazing health benefits. Serve this drink when you want a happy and peaceful day, according to Sarah Ding of Juicing For Health , “Eating strawberries and drinking strawberry juice stimulate the release of serotonin, which improves mood and is responsible for a feeling of relaxation and a general sense of well-being.” In addition to being a powerful immune booster as well as providing cardiovascular benefits due to the vitamin C and anthocyanidins, that protect arteries from damage, and prevent the formation of blood clots within blood vessels.

For those that are looking for love on this Valentine’s Day “Folklore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.”

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Strawberry Season

Stawberries are grown mostly in California and Florida. The strawberry growing season is January through November with the peak of the season being April through June.

Storing Strawberries

Unlike other fruits the strawberry will not ripen after being picked so make sure to choose firm and brightly colored berries. Do not wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Store them on a paper towel in the refrigerator in a single layer and try to use within 2-3 days of purchase. Strawberries tend to soak up liquid so to keep them in good shape you want to keep them dry and not pressing on top of each other. It is best to purchase organic strawberries. If you do purchase conventional strawberries you can soak them in a vinegar and water solution for 10-20 minutes, then rinse with cold water and pat dry.