Summer just wouldn’t be the same without a bowl of delicious strawberries with cold fresh cream. But for many decades, raw strawberries were considered to be bad for us.

During the Tudor period, raw strawberries along with other fruit were even considered to be dangerous.  The Age of Enlightenment, which started in the late 17th century, brought about a change in the perception of raw fruit in general.

Sugar was considered to be the ideal partner for strawberries as it was believed to be promoting hot and dry humours, therefore balancing out the cold and moist humours associated with the raw fruit. During medieval times physicians believed the body was made up of four humours (hot, dry, cold and moist) and these needed to always be in balance to ensure good health.

Fast forward to the 21st century, where we now know that raw strawberries as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and best when enjoyed on a daily basis to ensure optimum health.