Recipe Challenge

Take note, strawberry lovers. Enter your favorite recipe in a new contest from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.

| January 15, 2010

Plant City/Dover, Florida – Home cooks, culinary professionals and culinary students nationwide are invited to compete for cash in the first Florida Strawberries – A Taste of Summer All Winter Long Recipe Contest.

“A total of $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded,” says Sue Harrell, director of marketing for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA). “There are two divisions – home cooks and professionals. The categories for entries in each division are starters and salsas; salads; sweets, and best photo.”

Entry form, rules and FAQs are found at the contest’s website. The contest ends February 28. Contest sponsors are the FSGA and Taste of the South Magazine, a publication of Hoffman Media, LLC based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Florida strawberry growers began hand-harvesting the first fruit of the winter strawberry season in late November. Each year Florida is the dominant U.S. supplier of strawberries from November through early spring.

“Each carton of Florida-grown strawberries will have geographic identification noting where the product was grown. We understand that consumers are thoughtful in their purchases of fresh produce today. Knowing these berries are grown in Florida should give buyers confidence in the quality and freshness of winter strawberries,” says Ted Campbell, executive director of the association.

Strawberries are nutritious. Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than one orange. A one-cup serving (about 8 to 10 medium-sized berries) contains 45 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

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