These tips on strawberries are from Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, and can be used for social media or any of your communication needs and articles:
Strawberries are the quintessential fruit of summer. Just the aroma can bring back memories of hot summer days.
- California is the top producer of strawberries, providing 80% of the US crop of this crimson fruit.
- Strawberries are part of the rose family and contain over 200 seeds.
- Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, catechins and ellagic acid.
- Once cup of strawberries contains just 49 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
- Eat strawberries raw or add them to salads, smoothies or yogurt.
And now for a few kitchen hacks for strawberries from our chef and publisher, Judy Doherty:
- Rinse strawberries in warm water (105 degrees is our favorite) (heat shocking tip from Modernist Cuisine) and store in a bowl with a loose cover. If you are going to be eating them soon you can take the tops off with a sharp paring knife. Otherwise it is best to remove the tops right before you are going to eat them.
- Store the strawberries in a clear glass bowl to attract people who open your refrigerator!
- Freeze strawberries when they are past their prime. You can use them for freezer jelly, smoothies, and yogurt toppings.
Best ideas for using fresh strawberries include:
- eating them with a plain yogurt dip
- making a crustless fruit tart (arrange in a tart pan)
- making good morning smoothies
- freezing them to make popsicles
- cooking them in pies
- adding them to spinach salads
- and packing to go as a mid morning snack
Take a look at all of the fruits in season now and enjoy them all summer!
Take a look at our beautiful strawberry wall cling poster here.
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