Friday, June 13, 2014

Strawberries 101

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

To Store

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

To Nourish

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

To Prepare

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.  

To Try 

Glazed Pork with Strawberry Couscous 
Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins 
Lattice Topped Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie
Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream 

To Use

Vibe Strawberry Stem RemoverIdeal 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)