Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Breast Cancer Cares Strawberry Tea Campaign

Wimbledon and Strawberries are not only synonymous with June but the month also heralds the start of Breast Cancer Care's Strawberry Tea Campaign which this year runs throughout June, July and August.

The lovely people at Breast Cancer Care UK asked me to lend my support and you'll see my recipe for Strawberry Fayre on the Breast Cancer Care UK website

On the BCC website you can also find out more information and ideas on how to fundraise for this fantastic charity that provides support and information to people affected by breast cancer.

Most fresh fruits are exceptionally rich sources of the protective phytochemicals and the darker the colour the higher the ORAC score and their anti-oxidant protective properties. Strawberries have the additional benefit of helping to relieve the inflammation of inflammatory joint disease.


10 medium strawberries
2 kiwi fruit
2 passion fruit
150 g blueberries
2 pears
1 apple

Vital Statistics:
Kiwi fruits are uniquely rich in both vitamin C and vitamin E, both protective nutrients, and strawberries have an amazing ability to increase the body's elimination of uric acid, a substance that is highly irritating to inflamed joints in gout and arthritis.

Second only to prunes, blueberries are weight for weight the next richest of protective anti-oxidants.


Cranberries are an amazing fruit and were probably the reason that the early Pilgrims survived in America.

Used by Native Americans for centuries as both food and medicine they were introduced to the first settlers as the way of avoiding scurvy.

They're not the sweetest of fruits but combining them with strawberries and orange juice makes this a very refreshing drink.

450g / 1lb cranberries (thawed if previously frozen)
100g strawberries
100ml freshly squeezed orange juice

Vital Statistics:
Cranberries are an extremely rich source of vitamin C but they have other even more important properties. They contain natural substances that prevent bacteria from attaching themselves to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract, which makes them both a treatment and a powerful preventer of cystitis and other recurring urinary infections.


Power needs movement and if your mobility is restricted by painful joints this strange sounding mixture of fruits and vegetables really will help to ease the pain, improve mobility and allow you to utilise your body's innate energy.

4 carrots, topped & tailed
8 strawberries
2 ripe tomatoes
bunch watercress
small handful parsley, leaves and stalks
4 leaves kale, including stems

Vital Statistics:
As well as the normal nutritional content that you'd expect like betacarotene and vitamin C, the strawberries help reduce joint inflammation, the phytochemicals in kale are both protective and anti-inflammatory, and the parsley is a gentle diuretic which helps increase the excretion of joint-damaging uric acid.


Figs come very high up the list of vitality foods. As Adam and Eve used fig leaves to cover their modesty, they must have eaten the figs and I’ve never understood why they bothered with the apple! For many the fig is a sacred tree and the very earliest of Olympians were fed masses of fresh figs for vitality, strength and stamina. Juiced together with the other fruit this is a fabulous tasting drink with maximum vitality rating.

450g / 1 lb strawberries
200g / 7oz blueberries
2 ripe figs
1 pear
half a lemon

Vital Statistics:
As well as containing a natural anti-cancer agent, healing enzymes and a chemical which improves digestion, figs are an excellent source of iron, potassium, betacarotene and energy. Strawberries and blueberries are also highly protective against many diseases and thanks to their high fructose content, a valuable source of sustainable energy and vitality.


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