Once upon a time I used to feel guilty eating so many strawberries.
I was the queen of strawberry and white chocolate platters – ask anyone. Little did I know those juicy little morsels were helping my body to fight the cancer that was trying to destroy it.
Obviously strawberries by themselves can’t save you – otherwise I wouldn’t have had to go through such a harrowing journey as it were. But suffice to say, I no longer feel guilty.
Although admittedly, and yes quite obviously - less white chocolate may boost my chances!
If you search up “Strawberries and Cancer” in Google, you will come across hundreds, if not thousands of articles that confirm these berries have a military role to play in the attack on cancer cells. The American Institute for Cancer Research puts it like this;
“All berries, but particularly strawberries and raspberries, are rich in ellagic acid. In laboratory studies, this phytochemical has shown the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast. Research suggests that ellagic acid seems to utilize several different cancer-fighting methods at once: it acts as an antioxidant, it helps the body deactivate specific carcinogens and it helps slow the reproduction of cancer cells. Strawberries also contain a wide range of other phytochemicals, called flavonoids, each of which seems to employ a similar array of anti-cancer strategies”.
Ok if I didn’t already love strawberries – now I’m the humble strawberries biggest advocate!! And if your not already totally inlove with them, well maybe this will help you take the plunge!
It is for these reasons that I’ve decided to grow my own strawberry patch. During strawberry season it would be quite normal for my household (ok ok – just me!) to go through at least x2 1kg punnets a week. At $10-$15 a pop that’s pretty expensive yeah? I needed my own personal strawberry budget at one point!! Obviously I’m never going to be able to harvest that many strawberries in my own patch unless I convert my entire front lawn into a farm, (hmmm tempting) but I figured, why not give it a go and at least try and cut down some of that ridiculous spending.
Now, obviously there are other reasons why I’ve decided to grow my own stash. One does not spend all day in the garden, pulling back muscles and suffering for hours after - unless there exists some extra sweet motivation. Now for the record, I am not a greenie. I have no knowledge of gardening and up until now have not been interested in the slightest. In the rare event that I made a “oooh that’s a pretty flower” impulse buy, lets just say that pretty potted flower got handed an death sentence. I think my record was one week of life. And no I’m not joking.
So I’m definitely not one of those people who love to live in the garden, but I will admit that since being diagnosed I’ve grown somewhat in my appreciation of life. There is something about planting something in the ground and watching it grow, especially if you know you’ve done everything to nurture that thing to life.
But now I’m just getting mushy.
Since planting my strawberry patch I’ve often joked with friends and family that they can come and see me for all their strawberry needs in the future. Mmm I’m sorry, but I may have to rescind that crazy offer. There simply just won’t be enough to go around…..BUT I can help you to grow your own if your really keen ;-) That’s if I don’t kill my own garden somehow in the long process between now and harvest time!!
Watch this space!!