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Sunday, April 07, 2013

When I was a very little girl we lived on my grandmother's farm in eastern Pennsylvania while my father was away (He was an artilleryman so probably in Korea at the time). On nice mornings in late spring and early summer we'd go out to the surrounding fields and hunt berries. Raspberries were hard to find and harder to pick but oh so good if you got any. Blueberries were scarce around there, too. You had to go to the edge of the woods where the poison ivy was to find them. But strawberries where plentiful. We'd pick for hours. When we were finished my mother would tell me I was the worst strawberry picker ever because my pail was always empty. It took me until I was grown up to realize that she knew I wasn't a poor strawberry picker, just a good strawberry eater.

Strawberries are $0.99 a pound at Safeway today. They're listed as having 5 calories for a small one. How do you figure a total number of calories eaten based on that when all the strawberries are gargantuan or the fact that 1/2 cup of halves is 50 calories? You can fit a lot less large strawberry halves in a half cup than smaller ones. Finally I found out that 152 g of strawberries is 49 calories. Luckily my scale reads in kilos as well as lbs.
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