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How to Prepare Strawberries

In Season: Strawberries

There are few better markers to the beginning of warm weather than the appearance of vividly-hued, plump strawberries at the farmers market. Although modern technology has allowed strawberries to become increasingly available year-round, these red-fleshed fruits are at their sweetest from April to July. Find out how they're best stored — and eaten — when you


Select berries with a firm texture, shiny skin, and saturated color — this indicates that they are ripe and at their peak. The best way to keep strawberries is by separating unwashed berries in layers with paper towels, then place them into a sealed container in the refrigerator. When stored in this manner, free of excess water, strawberries can maintain their firm texture for up to three days.

While strawberries are sweet and juicy enough to enjoy on their own, their versatile flavor enhances the quality of a number of dishes:

What's your choice way to enjoy strawberries? Do you prepare them in any unusual ways?

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neonbee neonbee 8 years
I love fresh fruit salad with strawberries. I miss them terribly during the winter.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Love strawberries. They have to be one of my favorite fruits :) I love making shortcakes, pies, ice cream....pretty much anything with the berries. Versatile for baking and cooking and enjoyable on their own, esecially as snacks. Yay for strawberries!
Shebelle Shebelle 8 years
I also like them with a little bit of sugar - this is how the French eat them. Or German strawberry tart - get a tart base or Angel food cake is similar enough. Put some vanilla custard in it, cover with strawberries and top of with sweet jelly.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've been so excited about the beginning of strawberry season. it's interesting, my mom usually picks up a carton for me at the grocery store - and my husband just found that the fruit cart guys here in NYC have them cheaper and they are even bigger and more flavorful than the ones that my mom gets. i guess it truly is in season !
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just made rhubarb-strawberry pie yesterday :)
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Strawberries with chocolate are so good. They are good in salads, too, but that's not as much fun!
steen steen 8 years
The strawberry-avocado salsa sounds delicious! I usually just have them fresh with a little bit of sugar. Yum!
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