All Things Strawberry
Freshly picked selection:
Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
When it’s in season:
April – June
What to look for when purchasing:
Choose a brightly colored, plump berries that still have the green stems attached and are uniform in size. Avoid berries that are soft, shriveled or moldy. It is also recommended to purchase Strawberries organically when possible as they are part of the Dirty Dozen list and when grown conventionally are very high in pesticides.
How to store:
Do not wash until ready to use. They are best stored in a single layer on a paper towel in a moisture proof container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
The most common American variety is a cross bread of the wild Virginia strawberry and a Chilean variety. It is the hardiest and therefore able to withstand shipping an storage. The other common variety is the European Alpine which are smaller and commonly found in France.
How to prepare:
Strawberries are very perishable so you should avoid washing them until right before they are to be consume. It is best to wash them with the stems on to avoid water getting into the strawberry and making them mushy, effecting the taste and texture. To remove the green stems simply pull them off with your fingers are cut off with a small knife. Strawberries can be eaten raw or prepared
Recipes to try:
While strawberries are pretty tasty all on their own, they also make a sweet, tart ingredient perfect for all different kinds of recipes.
We love the savory and sweet combination of basil, strawberries, and balsamic vinegar which all perfectly come together in the is recipe from Wholesomelicious.com
Probably one of the more familiar ways people are use to enjoying strawberries is in jam. You can get the thick syrupy consistency by using chia seeds to avoid tons of added sugar. This simple, 3 ingredient recipe from Well Plated gives you all the goodness of strawberries and the nutrition of chia seeds.
For a sweet treat try this quick and easy to make Strawberry Frozen yogurt from Just A Taste Use Greek yogurt for extra protein or dairy free yogurt for a dairy free alternative.
Our Chefs Say:
“I love fresh strawberries just as they are but will sometimes add them into some water with lemons or fresh mint for a light fruity taste.” -Megan Huard, Chef RD