We don’t have much space in the garden for growing food, but we’ve decided this year to use a section of the garden to grow some fruit, vegetables, and herbs in terracotta pots.
Strawberries are easy to grow and one of our favourite fruits, so today we topped up and refreshed our old planter, and added some new plants. I particularly like this old planter because it can be hung from the pergola.
Eating strawberries, or any other food high in vitamin C, after eating iron rich vegetables will help to improve the body’s absorption of iron. This is especially useful for people, like us, whose diets do not contain meat.
In traditional medicine, strawberries have long been used to cleanse and purify the digestive system; they are said to act as a tonic for the liver and to have antibacterial properties.
Over the years strawberries have been credited with many curative properties – they were believed to eliminate kidney stones and also to relieve arthritis, gout and rheumatism. In 1653, Culpeper's English physician; and complete herbal claimed that the berries made ‘an excellent water for inflamed eyes and to take away a film or skin that beginneth to grow over them’.
In Mrs Greave’s A Modern Herbal , published in 1931, the cosmetic benefits of strawberries are discussed. The book says that ‘the juice left on the teeth for 5 minutes removes discolouration’, and that a cut strawberry ‘rubbed over the face immediately after washing will whiten the skin and remove slight sunburn.’
If you don’t grow your own, be sure to buy organic. When grown conventionally, strawberries are loaded with pesticides and chemicals:
“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?” Sam Gamgee The Return of the King Peter Jackson from J.R.R. Tolkien.