Strawberries

Strawberries

General Information: Strawberries, as we know them today, are not very old…only around 250 years. Much older are the smaller wild strawberries, which can sometimes be found at the market. They are one of the first fresh fruits to appear at the market in Spring, but despite their popularity, these strawberries are grown in hot houses, and they have very little flavor. Perhaps the enthusiasm is more a celebration of the end of winter. At any rate, it is much better to wait a few months and enjoy the fresh and local varieties that are easily found in June and July. Wild strawberries can occasionally show up in June or July. They have a much more intense aroma and flavor than the cultivated varieties, despite their relative small size.

Season: May through August (peak season for local strawberries are from June through July)

Purchasing Tips: Choose bright colored, plump fruit with the green caps still attached. Avoid strawberries that are soft, shriveled, or moldy. Do not wash them until ready to use.

Storage: Refrigerate on a paper towel up to 3 days

Cooking Tips: Enjoy raw, or use in tart or preserve recipes. Try combining strawberries with a few drops of very good balsamic vinegar.

Nutritional Info: Possesses healthy amounts of magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and Vitamins C & E.

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