25 Feb A Berry Good Way To Treat Yo’Self
All you strawberry lovers out there throw your hands in the air! It’s National Strawberry Day on February 27th, and we have the perfect treats to help you celebrate, all while satisfying your sweet tooth cravings.
Not a strawberry lover? Let us help change that…See what makes the strawberry so awesome:
A Unique Fruit
Ironically, the strawberry is not a berry at all. In fact, it’s a member of the rose family, and is unique to all other fruits because it is the only fruit where the seeds are grown on the outside of it.
The strawberries we eat today were created back in the 15th and 16th centuries. The wild Virginia strawberry (of North America) was cross bred with a Chilean strawberry by a bunch of French horticulturists in France, and was brought back to the states in the 18th century. This hybrid strawberry is what most of us consume today. They’re much larger and sweeter than the wild strawberries native to the United States.
Unlike many other plants, strawberries can be grown successfully in most climates. They are the first fruit to ripen, and are often called “the taste of spring.” Strawberries are widely recognized as a romantic fruit: they’re delicate, heart-shaped, with a vibrant red coloring, and are decadent. And since they’re part of the “rose bush” family, they also give off a very sweet fragrance.
In the 18th century, strawberries were commonly served for dessert fresh from the garden. Today, strawberries are still a favorite among many people, particularly in England. Over 166,000 servings of English strawberries were served at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament in London in 2017.
Aside from its taste, the strawberry has a number of health benefits associated with it. Anciently, many Romans believed that strawberries helped with fainting, kidney stones, fevers, depression, sore throats, and inflammations. While they weren’t completely accurate, studies have since found that strawberries can improve certain functions of the human body. They contain several key vitamins, antioxidants, and fibers, and are free of sodium, cholesterol, and fat (Heck! One cup of strawberries only has 50 calories!). They’re also a good source of potassium, manganese, and folic acid. In a nutshell, this means strawberries can help strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, and regulate the nervous system, amongst many other health benefits.
The Scoop on Strawberry Ice Cream
With the savory sweetness and tartness of strawberries, it was only a matter of time before people discovered how appetizing they would be when combined with ice cream.
It is said that the Roman Emperor Nero (in the 4th Century B.C.) would send slaves to the mountains to collect snow, which was then made into a frozen dessert by mixing in fruit, honey, and nuts. Today, Dolley Madison is credited with the invention of strawberry ice cream because she served it at her husband’s (James Madison’s) inaugural banquet at the White House in 1813.
Flavors and techniques have since improved from the 19th Century. Almost a century after First Lady Dolley Madison invented strawberry ice cream, Casper Merrill (founder of FatBoy Ice Cream) was embarking on his own adventure in 1925 developing his own ice cream. Merrill created the perfect ice cream blend made from fresh, whole milk–making it rich, creamy, smooth, refreshing, and delicious. What do you get when you combine the classic flavor of Casper’s ice cream with strawberries and sandwiched between two dark chocolate wafers? A temptation you won’t be able to resist! Try FatBoy’s Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich today!
If you prefer something a little more tropical, then you need to try the refreshing goodness of our Tigers Blood Freeze Pops! Merging the sweetness of strawberries with watermelon and coconut makes for the perfect blend. One bite is all it takes to drift away into your own tropical paradise.
Are you convinced yet? Strawberries are a berry good way to treat yo’self, so go ahead and try one of our FatBoy varieties today!