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Strawberry

Strawberry

Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside. More so, each berry has about 200 of those little seeds!

Over half of 9 year olds in the U.S. name strawberries as their favorite fruit, which might explain why Americans eat an average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each per year.

Seasonality

Apr-Aug

Selection & Storage

Select berries that are bright red in color, have a natural shine, and fresh looking green leaves and stems.

Wait until right before serving the berries to wash them as rinsing speeds up the spoiling process.

If strawberries are about to go bad, rinse them, remove the tops, place them on a cookie sheet, and freeze them! They’ll be a great addition to smoothies, pancakes, cookies, or bread batters!

Clever Uses

The strawberry plant is a perennial, which means that if you plant one this year, it will keeping coming back for about five years.

Make strawberry butter! Mix chopped fresh berries and a few shakes of cinnamon into room temperature butter and spread over french toast, pancakes, muffins, crostini, scones, or biscuits.

Freeze pieces of strawberries into ice cubes for a funky addition to summer drinks.

If you find yourself in Belgium, stop by Le Musée de la Fraise (The Strawberry Museum). You can stock up on strawberry jam or strawberry beer!

Food Science

Strawberries are techinically members of the rose family.

The strawberry plant is a perennial, meaning that if you plant one, it'll come back next year and the following years after that, and will remind productive for about five years.

Cooking Tips

Fresh strawberries are most flavorful at room temperature.

Have more strawberries than you can eat? Try pickling underripe berries and making jam with overripe berries!

Strawberries make a great addition to savory dishes. Add them to a savory salad or chicken dish and finish off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Health Benefits

Strawberries are low in calories and high in vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium and amino acids.

Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease as it contains high levels of nitrate which has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Research even suggests that those who load up on strawberries before exercising have greater endurance and burn more calories.

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