Strawberries are a bright red, sweet and juicy aromatic fruit that was first bred in France. The United States produced more than 1.3 million tons of Strawberries in 2011. Organic, sustainably grown Strawberries are considered to be a healthier option. To find out why read this PBS story on "the dirty dozen and clean 15." To learn more about Strawberries click here and for a complete guide on Strawberries click and here.
Strawberries are extremely perishable and should be refrigerated immediately. Store unwashed Strawberries in the refrigerator by stacking them on paper towels (between layers as well), in a moisture proof container. Eat them within 48-72 hours, or freeze them. Most berries freeze nicely and will keep up to ten months in the freezer. For directions on freezing Strawberries click here.
Strawberries are an excellent source of Fiber, Vitamin C, and Manganese. They have been linked to cardiovascular benefits including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. They are one of the best fruit sources for Vitamin C and also contain high amounts of Antioxidants. Read more about health benefits here.
In addition to being consumed fresh, Strawberries can be frozen, made into preserves, as well as dried and used in prepared foods. Strawberries and Strawberry flavoring are a popular addition to dairy products, such as milk, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and yogurts. Strawberries are used in several popular desserts including pies and shortcake.
Glazed Pork with Strawberry Couscous
Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins
Lattice Topped Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie
Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
Ideal for making fresh fruit salads, strawberry shortcake and fruit toppings for desserts, Chef'n Strawberry Huller quickly removes the leaves and stem from a strawberry. ($7.95, Williams-Sonoma)