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loves strawberries, can't have the seeds...

13 years ago

We received an Edible Arrangement yesterday with lots of strawberries, some grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple and chocolate covered bananas.

DH can't eat seeds, so even though he loves strawberries, he's leaving them ALL to me... and there are far too many for me to eat by myself. (and strawberries aren't my favorites, though I do like them, I can't possibly force this many of them down!!)

I'm thinking I could do something with them where I strain the seeds... but what? I made a raspberry granita once where I used a chinois for the seeds... but I don't remember what I did to make it.

Any suggestions? puree the strawberries? How? Strawberry syrup? how? What to do with them once I've got the strawberries sans berries - ice cream? pie? cake? something else?


Comments (21)

  • Terri_PacNW
    13 years ago can peel them...

    See the link below..who'da thunk...LOL

    Here is a link that might be useful: Remove Seeds from Strawberries...

  • hawk307
    13 years ago

    Bizzo: If it is because of Diviticulousos , my Daughter just told me last week,
    That there was some sort of report, about this not being true.
    But I'll have to look into it farther. I have the same problem.
    I've had Diviticulitis. No Fun !!!
    Maybe I'll Google the Mayo Clinic, to get info.

  • lisbet
    13 years ago

    Check this website.....Don't know if this would be of help to you. Scroll dewn to the fourth illustration: #3884 puree sieve, stainless mesh.

    I own this and have used it for raspberries

    Here is a link that might be useful: Sieve

  • Bizzo
    Original Author
    13 years ago

    That's funny, terri - I have peeled strawberries (once). I'm not very adept, though, and I think all the red was gone with the seeds!! They sure didn't look like those on the pie in the picture!!

    Lou, not sure that he's been dx with diverticulitis exactly, but yes, he's high risk colon stuff... I'll have to check, too, b/c this no seed thing is difficult... they told him seeds would lodge and polyps would grow (sorry if this is tmi for anyone).

    Lisbet, I have a great seive... looks like that one without the mill (I just have to use a spoon to push stuff through). But once I've put the berries through the sieve, what do I do with them next?

  • Terri_PacNW
    13 years ago

    Bizzo, LOL I thought..the same..there would be no strawberry left..LOL
    Try this..

    Here is a link that might be useful: Basic Strawberry Sauce

  • dgkritch
    13 years ago

    Jelly? Ice Cream syrup? Strawberry lemonade? Smoothies? Strawberry Yogurt? Replace part of the milk in pudding to make it strawberry? Bake into a quick bread?
    Just about any recipe calling for a liquid could be used substituting some strawberry.


  • jsvrn
    13 years ago

    Bizzo..I am an RN that worked in a endoscopy center and avoiding seeds according to most MD's is an old wives tale although there are those MD's that still follow it. But when they say seeds they are talking about the big seeds like pumpkin, sunflower,etc. We always let our patients have tomato, cucumber, strawberry seeds, etc. Not sure if this helps but it may be worth checking out. Jackie

  • colleenoz
    13 years ago

    I made some raspberry jello from pureed and seived fresh raspberries (cooked a little to facilitate softening), a little water, sugar to taste, juice of a lemon and some plain gelatine (3 tsp per pint of liquid). It was awesome. I intended to try the same with strawberries but the price suddenly went through the roof due to bad weather.

  • hawk307
    13 years ago

    Strawberry Jam ??? Ask Annie or someone who makes these things.
    - - - - - -
    They recommended a high fiber diet, I always recommend that too, For Grouchy People.
    - - - - - -
    Here is some Info. that I found so far:
    There is a lot of info. I Googled ," Diverticulosis and Nuts, seeds "

    Posted August 26, 2008
    By Kathleen Doheny
    HealthDay Reporter

    TUESDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- People with diverticular disease, a common digestive disorder, are typically told to avoid eating popcorn, nuts, seeds and corn so they don't get painful attacks.

    But, a new study calls into question that conventional wisdom. The study of more than 47,000 men found that eating those foods did not seem to increase the risk of diverticulosis or diverticular complications.

    "We found, contrary to current recommendations, that actually, consumption of these foods did not increase the risk of diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding and didn't appear to increase the risk of developing diverticulosis or its complications," said study lead author Dr. Lisa Strate, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle.

    The findings are published in the Aug. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association

  • lisbet
    13 years ago

    "jsvrn" I am married to a real "health nut". He agrees with you. He is an avid reader of health periodicals, keeping up with what is up to date. However, I certainly hesitate in telling a person to go against their personal physician's advice and recommendations, if that is what they believe!

    There is no way (that I can see) that you can keep a strawberry whole and avoid the seeds. Think peeling would be a messy business and a real waste of much of the berry. There are lots of good recipes and ways for using and a strawberry puree, perhaps thickened with cornstarch. Think you could even make a version of strawberry short cake using the puree.

  • stir_fryi SE Mich
    13 years ago

    I also just heard recently that avoiding seed and nuts was unnecessary in patients with this ailment.

  • hawk307
    13 years ago

    Seagrass :
    Do you have this condition ? Diverticulous.
    Or do you just get sick .
    If you have never had a Colonosocopy or had your condition checked out, you should.
    It may be some kind of an allergy.

    I had Diverticulites once; about 15 years ago, that was enough.

    I eat all the things they talk about.

    And feel the same way about all the new reports that are coming out.
    I have to check them out for a long while.

    I'm not telling anyone to go again'st their Physcians
    Just bringing to light, the new reports.
    They may be reversed next year.

    My wife died because of Specialists advice.

  • Cindy Villa Dominguez
    3 years ago

    Diverticulitis can flare up with the tiny seeds trying to pass thru the digestive system. No one wants to tempt chance of anything that will make it flare up. I have found several ways to minimize the seeds we ingest.

    1. A rasp bushed with the grain, under running water.

    2. In a seive or colander whooshed around under running water. Seeds stick to the walls.

    3. Partially frozen, take a knife and glide with the grain

  • momj47
    3 years ago

    Strawberry "seeds"? How can someone eat strawberries without eating those things on the outside. I'm impressed.

    Technically, what we think of as a strawberry is an enlarged part of the plant called the "receptacle," which is located adjacent to the part of the plant called the "stamen." Usually, a fruit develops from the ovaries of a flower.

    Most scientists — and all cooks — still consider strawberries to be fruits, though. Sometimes strawberries are called "aggregate accessory fruits" since the part we eat comes from the part that holds the ovaries instead of the ovaries themselves. Scientifically, the strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria, which makes it a close relative to the rose.

    The “seeds" you see on the outside of a strawberry are actually the plant's ovaries and are called "achenes." Each “seed" is technically a separate fruit that has a seed inside of it.

  • Gerry Leblanc
    3 years ago

    Doctors and nurses who tell patients with diverticulosis it's okay to eat seeds, are doing their patients a disservice. I wonder if they would still believe it's an old wives tale if they had divertriculosis? One on my Drs told me that a couple of years ago and after eating some seeds, it took me 3 months to get back to normal. Nothing worse than a Dr just spouting their opinion instead of verifying with those of us who suffer.

  • nancyjane_gardener
    3 years ago

    I've had 2 colonoscopies and both time was told that seeds were no longer the problem that they previously thought.

  • seagrass_gw Cape Cod
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    Well, 10 years later...I still have a pocket of "diverticulosis" that flares up consistently if I mistakenly eat raw strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. I haven't had any problems for years since I avoid these fruits. I also have never eaten chia seeds or quinoa just for caution's sake. I am a control of 1. Immediate cause and effect in my body and I would not change my avoidance no matter what any doctor told me.

  • HU-294503041
    2 months ago

    I have many pockets (colonscopy results) and was told to stay away from seeds & nuts. Haven’t had an attack since (pain, antibiotics, liquid diet, careful diet afterwards). Doing so much better now!!

  • claudia valentine
    2 months ago

    Sure that by the time you decide what to do with those strawberries that they will have expired anyway. There cant possibly be enough strawberries in that gift basket to worry about.

    Good that we still have plenty of other options when there are limits on some things.

    Sorry, dealing with chronic conditions can be trying, for sure. My husband's family has a history of these kinds of digestive disorders and he experiences difficulties.

  • petalique
    last month
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    I am close to someone with diverticulosis. He’s gone to the ER more than once. I also have some diverticula that sometimes acts up. Our gastroenterologist does not warn against eating things like seeds and roughage. Of course, no one would want to do this during a flare up.

    I have also read that newer thinking on this condition does not tend to agree with having patients avoid thinds like seeds.

    The man who I mentioned above, eats everything he cares to, AND regularly consumes a lot of roughage in the form of whole grains, rolled oats, frozen peas and carrots, lima beans, green beans, strawberries, raisins, blueberries, seeds like poppy, chia, fennel, and so on. He does not eat a lot of meat or white bread or pastries made with white flour. He can even enjoy popcorn (has those sharp husks). I suspect that he rarely has a flareup because he regularly consumes a LOT of roughage and fiber (soluble and insoluble, such as legumes and oats).

    I eat fiber, anytrhing I want, but less fiber than he. If I were to eat a lot of blueberries every day, after about day 4 or 5, my patches of diverticula would begin to get cranky, giving me pain. Then I just back off the blueberries.

    I have an aquaintance who won’t eat certain food because of the seeds or small husks, but then has no trouble eating other foods that seem like they ought to be equally problematic. She has several other cooexisting gut issues. Who knows.