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Harvest of the Month Information:

April

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are commonly considered a vegetable, but they are actually a fungus. There are many varieties of mushrooms, each with different textures and flavors. Select mushrooms that are well shaped with a firm texture and smooth appearance. Avoid those with bruises and soft spots. Refrigerate mushrooms in a paper bag for up to a week. Mushrooms can be eaten raw, on salads and sandwiches. They can be sautéed, roasted, and grilled. Add mushrooms to pasta dishes, soups, and pizza. Mushrooms have a meaty texture and flavor and can be used to replace meat in many recipes.

Just the Facts

  • One-half cup of sliced, raw mushrooms contains 8 calories, no fat and 1 gram of protein.
  • Mushrooms are a good source of niacin (helps the nervous system function) and high in riboflavin (involved in red blood cell formation).
  • Mushrooms are the only produce item that contains vitamin D (promotes bone growth).
  • Mushrooms can be found in the wild, including in Georgia. Some are edible, some are not.

 

Strawberries

Sweet, juicy and delicious, strawberries are the most popular berry. This heart-shaped fruit is packed with nutrients so be sure to try local strawberries in May! Select shiny, firm strawberries with a bright red color and fresh green caps. Avoid shriveled or mushy berries and those with signs of mold. Store in the refrigerator to 1-3 days and wash just before use. Fresh strawberries are a great snack by themselves, or add them to a fruit or green salad, smoothie or yogurt parfait. Top hot or cold cereal, pancakes or waffles with fresh strawberries and enjoy the natural sweetness!

Just the Facts

  • About eight large strawberries equals 1 cup of fruit.
  • One cup of strawberry halves contains 49 calories, no fat, and 3 grams of fiber.
  • Strawberries contain potassium (needed for muscle and nerve function), folate (helps body cells work) and are a great source of vitamin C (supports a healthy immune system).
  • In 2015, the top three Georgia counties producing strawberries were Hall, Appling and Wilcox.
  • In Georgia, much of the strawberry production is from small, family owned farms. Visit a farm to pick your own strawberries!

 

 

Harvest

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