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STRAWBERRIES DELICIOUS "DROPS OF SUNSHINE"
FIRST GIFT OF NATURE'S SUMMER BOUNTIES
Strawberries are the earliest garden fruit to ripen, and coming
each spring after a winter surfeit of cooked fruits they give us a
delicious spring welcotije.
' The general name of Fragaria, mean
ing to emit fragrance, was given it by
the old Romans because of its inviting
perfume. Its second baptismal name
of Straw, by which we designate it to
day, comes, the students tell us, from the
straw-like character of the stems, or
from a very early custom of stringing
the berries on a straw.
Although the strawberry is almost a
world-wide fruit, not everyone can eat ,
it, as its decided acid disagrees with
some. These people, however, should
know that the addition of a little cay
enne pepper will Hot detract unpleasant
ly from the fruit arid will prevent diffi-'
culty in digesting it.
Fruit was man's first and principal
diet. Primitive man was active and
agile and fruits left no deposits in his
arteries to age and then kill him. Be
sides, they were pleasant to taste as well
as being healthful.
As strawberries Contain a certain por-v
tion of citric acid and salts of lime they
are generally considered excellent for
those o gouty and billious tendencies,
and even when acids are supposed to
be contra-indicative Jthey may prove ac
ceptable to thesystem of the strawberry
lover if taken with a small quantity of
' bicarbonate of soda.
There seems to be a great deal of
therapeutic value contained in these
"drops of .sunshine," and they are prescribed in chronic cases of
malaria, liver trouble, and pulmonary diseases.
The beauty doctor makes use of them as a cosmetic But best
of all uses is that tor which a good .cook puts the strawberry when
'she transforms it by kitchen" magic into a delicious, old-fashioned