Strawberry Tops- 5 Amazing uses and a bonus video!
Are strawberry tops safe to eat? Not only are they safe to eat but they are full of vitamins and here are 5 ways to use them!
Have you been throwing the best part of the strawberry away all these years? Well maybe not the best part, but we have been throwing away something that can serve a greater purpose other than trash.
Strawberry leaves contain trace minerals and vitamins, such as iron, calcium and vitamin C. Strawberry leaves aid in digestion, help alleviate an upset stomach, contain tannis and also bio-molecules that bind to proteins, amino acids, alkaloids and other compounds with a low pH that may place excess stress on your digestive system. Strawberry leaves may help reduce symptoms of nausea, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea.
Strawberry Tops- Amazing Way to Use Them #1 Tea
Strawberry Top and Herbal Tea not only does it taste delicious and is easy to make, but it is also medicinal.
Strawberry leaves have a long history of use as an herbal remedy for diarrhea, especially in children. Additionally, methyl salicylate, the active pain inhibitor in aspirin is contained in strawberry leaves in trace amounts. Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that strawberry leaves contain up to 75 times the amount of the anti-angiogenic compound ellagic acid as do the fruits. On the low end, strawberries contain around 430 parts per million (ppm) of ellagic acid and can contain as much as 8,430 ppm. The leaves of the strawberry plant, however, will contain between 8,080 ppm and 32,300 ppm. So, just as it may be possible to prevent cancer by eating strawberries, it may also be even more beneficial to drink strawberry tea made from freshly picked leaves or tops.
Strawberry Top Herbal Tea Directions
- Thoroughly wash and pat dry Strawberry Tops
- You can use fresh tops for immediate use or dry tops in a food dehydrator or oven to store for later use.
- Add 3-5 fresh or dried Strawberry Tops to your tea cup
- Add 1 tsp of fresh herb(s) of your choice.
Some good combinations are:
Strawberry and Mint
Strawberry and Rosemary
Strawberry and Lemon Verbena
Strawberry and Lavender
- Pour boiling water over tops and herbs
- Let Steep for 5-10 mins
- Add natural sweetener of choice and enjoy
Strawberry Tops- Amazing Way to Use Them #2 Livestock Treat
My girls (chickens, goats and ducks) love fresh produce treats, especially strawberry tops. They make a great snack for: chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits, pigs, horses and more!
Strawberry Tops- Amazing Way to Use Them #3 Dental Care
Strawberry Tops can give you a brighter smile and healthier teeth; Strawberries help remove the plaque build-up that damages teeth and increases risk of gum infection.
To get that berry shine, take your strawberry top an dip the end in baking soda, rub on your teeth and leave on for a couple of minutes, then brush as regular and rinse.
Strawberry Tops- Amazing Way to Use Them #4 Compost
Food waste at the dump creates methane gas and pollution but food scraps in your compost can create beautiful organic matter for your gardens.
Strawberry Tops- Amazing to Use Them #5 Vitamin Water
Vitamin water tastes great, keeps you hydrated and costs just pennies to make. Vitamin water looks beautiful on any dinner table and kids love the colorful drinks.
Vitamin water gives you extra nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes. Many people who don’t like to drink plain water enjoy the taste of vitamin water.
Strawberry Top Vitamin Water Recipe
- Add about 10-12 Strawberry tops to Water Pitcher with infuser basket. You can add to regular pitcher if you don’t have an infuser basket, just strain before drinking.
- 2 TBS of fresh herbs or 3 Slices of fruit.
- Add fruit and herbs to a water pitcher with infuser basket
- Fill pitcher with water and, store in fridge let set for 2-24 hrs.
Vitamin Water Combinations to try
Strawberries and Lime
Strawberries and Mint
Strawberries and Pineapple Sage
Strawberries and Lemon
Strawberries and Anise Hyssop
Bonus Video- Worlds Easiest Way to Top Your Berries Without Cutting the Top Off
Want more berry goodness? Then you don’t want to miss my article, Over 30 Strawberry Uses & Recipes!