Festa Frawli – Say It With Strawberries!
Strawberries are finally in season! These small red chunks of paradise are one of the most popular, refreshing and healthy treats on the planet, and for good reason! Not only are they delicious, they also have a low calorie intake, and contain powerful nutrients which can prevent and alleviate a number of ailments, as well.
Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fibre. They are high in water content, meaning that they are an optimal food for the hotter months, as well as being ideal as an aid to digesting heavy meals and reducing the feeling of heaviness that accompanies certain types of food. Eating strawberries can help you feel hydrated and regulate bowel movement, since fibre is essential for minimising constipation.
Moreover, it is interesting to note that the strawberry is very rich in antioxidants, which protect the elastic fibres in our skin to prevent sagging. Strawberries also promote blood flow and oxygen in the body, since they are filled with biotin, which also builds strong hair and nails. This is great for weight loss, as are the anthocyanins which produce this berry’s red colouring and which stimulate the burning of stored fat. They also contain flavonoids, which lower the risk of heart disease, as well as potassium, Vitamin K and magnesium, which are important for bone health.
There are more than 600 varieties of strawberries around the world. These differ in flavour, size and texture. One cup of strawberries contains approximately 54 calories.
Strawberries can also be used as cosmetics, since they encourage skin renewal. They can be effective at keeping wrinkles at bay.
Here is a very easy recipe for a home-made refreshing strawberry face-mask: Crush some strawberries to a pulp with a spoon, mix with a spoonful of cream or honey. Apply to the face and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with water. This will help to prevent sunburn, clarify blotches and can be used as a revitalising mixture.
The Maltese locality of Mgarr has long since been associated with strawberries. Being an agricultural village, it is renowned for the quality and taste of its strawberries, not to mention its strawberry-based products. This is why each year, the Strawberry Feast, or Festa Frawli, is organised in front of Mgarr Parish Church, not only as a way of promoting this delicacy, but also to have an event which celebrates the beginning of Spring.
This year, Festa Frawli will be hosted on Sunday 19th April, in what will be the 7th edition of this annual feast, which is fast becoming a tasty fixture in the Maltese calendar of events.
Some of the highlights include a strawberry market offering strawberry gateaux and cakes, strawberry smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream waffles, pancakes, jams and strawberry wine, as well as the opening of the Ta’ Hagrat Temples at a reduced price, not to mention many musical and ethnic activities planned throughout the day for all the family. Children will be able to enjoy pony rides, face painting and games.
A Roman legend states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with a person of the opposite sex, you will fall in love. Personally, I doubt this could be possible without any deeper feelings for that person being present in the first place, however how about trying it out during the Festa Frawli?
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