Best to buy
Choose smaller, bright-red berries with a sweet aroma. Fresh strawberries are highly perishable, so use them right away for the best flavor and appearance.
Make ’em last
To keep strawberries a day or two longer, remove them from the container, arrange in a single layer in a flat container, cover, and refrigerate.
Cut & clean
Just before serving, wash under a gentle spray of cool water with green caps still attached. For best flavor, serve at room temperature. After washing, pull off the caps with a slight twist or cut out with a paring knife.
Get summer sweetness all year long
Strawberries freeze well and make great drinks, smoothies, and sauces year-round. Place sliced, stemmed berries into a freezer bag in a single layer, seal, and freeze. To use, thaw in the fridge and use within three days.
Most famous for its starring role in strawberry shortcake, strawberries are often a delicious accompaniment to Belgian waffles, and a favorite flavor for jam and jelly. Strawberries and rhubarb are a great pie combination. Always delicious eaten out of hand, fresh strawberries are also wonderful when served with plain or whipped cream, macerated in wine or liqueur, and in a variety of desserts. One simple way to enjoy strawberries is to place whole berries on a saucer, with a tablespoon or so of white or brown sugar in the center for dipping. In a sauce, a light grinding of fresh black pepper seems to heighten their flavor.
A key point to remember about strawberries is that once they are sliced, the addition of sugar will encourage their juices to flow; that’s why it’s best, in shortcake mixtures, to have some berries cut fine, others whole or in large chunks, and to let the berries sit for a few minutes with the sugar; the juice from the finely cut ones then creates intense flavor.
In general, the flavor of the smaller berries is better than that of the larger varieties since the larger ones are often watery.
Strawberries vary in size, shape, and color (some are off-white or yellowish). Bright red ones that have a lively aroma are generally the tastiest.
Canned and frozen strawberries are also available. Commercial strawberry products include preserves, jams, jellies, syrups, and various desserts.
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.
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