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Candonga strawberry

Candonga strawberries: a uniquely Italian delicacy, to eat au natural

Origin

Candonga strawberries are part of the highly prized Sabrosa cultivar, grown in Metapontino in the province of Matera. This cultivar was patented in Spain and spread rapidly among strawberry farmers in southern Italy. Although a large part of cultivation is concentrated in Basilicata, this variety is also grown in Emilia Romagna, Campania and Calabria. They ripen earlier than other strawberries, and can be found from January to June. Candonga strawberries differ in appearance from other types for their elongated cone shape, bright red color, small but very visible seeds, and bold, enticing fragrance. This high quality fruit—which looks as good as it tastes— can lend a pop of color to your dishes. With an estimated yield of 40,000 tons, Candonga strawberries are the most widely cultivated in southern Italy. They’re so abundant that in 2016, the region of Basilicata earned the title of top strawberry producer in Italy.

Cook It

One of the most important nutritional features of Candonga strawberries is their low sugar content and the fact that they contain a mere 27 calories per 100 grams. That’s why they’re often used in low-calorie and hyperglycemic diets. Candonga strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, and Club Candonga states that 8 strawberries provide even more ascorbic acid than an orange—so they’re useful in helping keep colds at bay. That’s not all: they have a greater than average antioxidant power and are recommended for fighting high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They prevent water retention, are a source of folic acid (vitamin B9) which is vital during pregnancy. They’re also rich in potassium, fiber and antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids.

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One of the most important nutritional features of Candonga strawberries is their low sugar content and the fact that they contain a mere 27 calories per 100 grams. That’s why they’re often used in low-calorie and hyperglycemic diets. Candonga strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, and Club Candonga states that 8 strawberries provide even more ascorbic acid than an orange—so they’re useful in helping keep colds at bay. That’s not all: they have a greater than average antioxidant power and are recommended for fighting high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They prevent water retention, are a source of folic acid (vitamin B9) which is vital during pregnancy. They’re also rich in potassium, fiber and antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids.

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