Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Strawberries have a time-honored history, with references dating back more than 2000 years€¦ They have become common place in our daily lives consumed in various ways, whether on their own (perhaps dipped in chocolate), in ice cream or even salads. Yet despite their popularity, versatility and established ancestry, these wonderful little berries are still widely misunderstood and perhaps a little mysterious.
Explore with us 7 things you may not know about this scrumptious little fruit.
€ Strawberries are members of the rose family.
Should you ever have the pleasure of stumbling upon a strawberry bush, you will soon learn – they smell as sweet as they taste.
€ Strawberries aren’t really berries.
Unlike the blueberry or the gooseberry (or even the banana – but that’s another story) the strawberry is not technically a berry. A true berry has its seeds on the inside, whereas the strawberry boasts more than 200 seeds on the outside.
And to be super technical, botanists consider each of the seeds on a strawberry to be its own separate fruit€¦ Talk about your 5 a day.
€ Strawberries have a deep medicinal history.
The ancient Romans believed the strawberry, its leaves and roots alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, inflammation, throat infections, fevers, diseases of the blood and more.
€ Jam-packed (no pun intended) with healthy goodness.
Were the Romans right? Strawberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins C, B6, K, fibre, folic acid, potassium and amino acids believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and even certain cancers.
€ Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate.
Research shows this increases blood and oxygen flow to the muscles, suggesting that people who load up on strawberries before exercise burn more calories and have greater endurance.
€ Strawberries boost your sex drive.
Strawberries have had strong associations with sex for decades€¦ The French consider strawberries to be an aphrodisiac serving them to newlyweds at traditional wedding breakfasts in the form of a creamy sweet soup.
And they are not wrong. The high levels of vitamin C in strawberries help strengthen blood vessel walls, ensuring efficient blood flow from the heart and lungs to the rest of the body. And let’s face it; good blood flow is vital to a healthy sex drive.
It’s not surprising chocolate dipped strawberries have become common place in the bedroom. By combining the vitamin C in the strawberries to the Phenylethylamine found in chocolate (Phenylethylamine contains Dopamine – a powerful brain chemical that is responsible for controlling mood and movement) you have a powerful combination that will no doubt lead to some long-lasting nights of passion.
€ Chocolate Dipped Strawberries make wonderful gifts.
The heart shape of the strawberry and their decedent nature combined with chocolate makes them a beautiful and luxurious gift for loved ones; what’s more unlike a traditional box of chocolates they have less calories so you don’t have to feel quite as guilty about eating an entire box!