Strawberries

Explore this page for tips on how to select, store and prepare strawberries.

Also In Season: Spring

Select It

Look for plump strawberries with a bright red color. The green caps should be attached and look fresh. Avoid buying strawberries that are bruised, moldy, wrinkled or with green or white tips. If the bottom of the container is stained or leaking, it may be a sign that the berries are rotting.

Store It

  • Do not wash strawberries until ready to eat.
  • Store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in their original container or other container with holes with cloth or paper towel on the bottom.
  • Store in the freezer for 8-12 months.

Reduce Food Waste

If you find moldy strawberries, do not throw away the entire container. Remove the moldy ones as soon as possible and save the rest.

Leave the green caps on until ready to eat. 

Source: Save the Food 

Prepare It

  • Wash and eat strawberries whole. You can even eat the green caps.
  • Put strawberries that are going soft into the freezer to pop into smoothies later. No need to remove the green tops, just toss in whole.
  • Top your cereal or oatmeal with sliced strawberries for a healthy start to your day.
  • For a refreshing beverage, throw sliced strawberries into your water. Add lemon or lime for a kick!

Did You Know?

The average strawberry has 200 seeds!

c Strawberries help your body heal cuts and wounds and lower your risk of infection because they contain Vitamin C.

f Strawberries help you feel full and keep normal blood sugar levels because they contain fiber.

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Recipes

Strawberry Summer Rolls

Ingredients

For Rolls
4 cups of water
6 rice paper wrappers
10 strawberries hulled and sliced
3 cups of leafy greens
½ cup shredded carrots
½ cup red cabbage

For Dipping Sauce
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 Tbsp diced strawberries
1 tsp minced cilantro

Source: California Strawberries

Serving

Makes 6 rolls

Prep time

25 minutes

Directions

Rolls

1. Boil water and keep warm.

2. To soften rice paper, fill a bowl with boiling water. Using tongs, soak one rice paper at a time for 3 seconds, and quickly fill and roll, one rice paper at a time. Do not over-soak rice paper.

3. Working at the center, place approximately 6 slices of strawberries, ½ cup leafy greens, a small amount of shredded carrots, and cabbage onto the rice paper.

4. Fold in the sides of the roll and bring the bottom up and over the filling; tuck tightly while rolling.

5. Place on a plate seam-side down and continue rolling remaining sheets.

6. Serve chilled or at room temperature with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

Whisk together all ingredients and dip rolls in sauce.

Variations

If you do not have rice vinegar, try another type of vinegar or lemon or lime juice instead.

No sesame oil? Try using vegetable oil such as olive oil, avocado oil or canola oil.

Also In Season: Spring
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