Did you know that strawberries are a spring fruit that is grown in every state?
All around the world, from April to July, it’s strawberry season. Every day during this time of year, people are enjoying these red, juicy, and delicious treats, as they are the first fruit to ripen in early spring. !
If you have been hesitant to grab a bunch at the store recently due to the fact that a few months ago you purchased a container or two that weren’t very sweet and you don’t want to waste your money on unsatisfactory fruit — we urge you to not give up on these sweet red babies yet! It’s very likely that those were picked before the peak of strawberry season. Strawberries grown and sold in the winter are by no means a reflection of sweet, spring strawberries. Any seasonal produce eaten in the wrong time of year is going to feel like a fruit let down.
We promise that you won’t be disappointed with the tasty spring strawberries that are hitting the shelves now.
So, what do you know about strawberries?
First, we’ve got a few fun facts about these “berries” for you:
- They are the only fruit to have seeds on the outside, with an average of 200 seeds per strawberry.
- When eaten at room temperature, strawberries taste much sweeter than when cold.
- They are a member of the rose family.
- They contain more vitamin C than oranges.
- 94% of U.S. households enjoy strawberries.
- Strawberries were found in Rome in 234 BC and the ancient Romans believed that they could alleviate major symptoms of many common diseases of that time.
So, with strawberries being a part of the rose family, exactly what is a strawberry?
From a technical point of view, a strawberry is not a berry, even though it is named as so. This is because the seeds are on the outside rather than on the inside, unlike with blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
It is a fruit that is consumed in large quantities by people all around the world. This is possible because each tiny, little seed on a strawberry can be planted and grow into its own blossoming strawberry plant. As well, once the strawberry plant starts bearing fruit, it can be productive for up to five years. This allows for both easy and mass growing.
Strawberries are most loved and prized for their characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.
Due to this, they are versatile and can be prepared and added to many things .
Here are some of the tastiest ways to eat strawberries:
#1. In a bowl.
Plain and simple — alone and in a bowl – a dash of sugar is a nice touch too.
Just like all other fruits, strawberries are wholly delicious enough to be eaten on their own.
As stated earlier, if you want your strawberries to be extremely sweet, eat them at room temperature. This doesn’t mean to store them at room temperature. Keep them cold in your fridge and then take them out and let them come to room temperature before eating. When cold, our taste buds are blocked from being able to taste the full flavor.
#2. With a dessert.
The pure sweetness of strawberries allow them to pair amazingly with your favorite desserts or even become your new favorite dessert.
Strawberries are great in pies, cakes, shortcakes, rhubarb crisps, cheesecakes, and frozen fruit pops! They are also great as toppings for sundaes.
An easy and delicious strawberry dessert for kids is whip cream, lorna dune cookies and a few chopped up strawberries — like a deconstructed strawberry shortcake, but with less preparation time and less calories!
If you’re looking for a dessert with strawberries for a party, dinner, or fun get together, our friend — Spend with Pennies — has a delicious Fruit Pizza where one of the main ingredients is FRESH strawberries.
#3. As a preserve.
Strawberries as a preserve for spreads and fillings is absolutely divine.
You can either go through the fun process and make it yourself or buy it at any grocery store.
How to store strawberries:
The trick to storing strawberries is keeping them cold and dry. You do this by immediately taking the strawberries out of their container, lining it with paper towels, putting them back in, and transferring them to the fridge once you get home.
Do not wash them until you’re ready to eat them. Washing them and then continuing to store them in the fridge adds moisture to the fruit and increases the rate at which bacteria and mold grows on them, quickly making them inedible for you.
How to keep strawberries fresh:
Two ways to keep strawberries fresh is to store them as detailed above and set them near your FRIDGEFRESH unit in the refrigerator.
This produce-saving kitchen gadget stops bacteria and mold from growing on your strawberries and extends their shelf-life for up to three weeks.
There is no other tip or trick that will keep your strawberries, and all the other fruits and veggies in your fridge, as FRESH as this produce-saving unit.
Ready to go pick up some FRESH and sweet spring strawberries?
Delicious and versatile, strawberries are one of the most delicious types of spring fruit for any family to have in their kitchen and with the right storage, you can make your strawberries last for weeks, able to pair with a variety of dishes you make.