Strawberries are great on their own, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, sprinkled with pepper or particularly decadent when dipped in dark chocolate for a special treat.
Strawberries are a great addition to a fruit plate, fruit salad, fruit kebab, sorbets, ice creams, smoothies and the list goes on... Strawberries are a sweet and delicious berry for snacking or desserts. Available year-round. These are only available locally for a short time in the early summer.
- Don’t wash your strawberries until you’re ready to use them. Rinse thoroughly in cold water with their caps and stems still attached to keep the water from degrading the berries’ texture and flavor.
- Allow about 3-1/2 ounces of fresh strawberries (about 100g or a generous 1/2 cup) per person.
- For different taste sensations, serve fresh strawberries with freshly ground black pepper or toss them with good-quality aged balsamic vinegar. Slice, quarter or fan (slice without cutting through the green cap) berries for an easy, gorgeous garnish.
Handling & Storage:
- Look for small to medium-size fruit for the most concentrated flavor. Choose firm, plump berries with a deep, uniform red color and fresh-looking green caps. Avoid berries that are shriveled or moldy. Patches of white or green are signs of unripe fruit.
- For optimum flavor, use your strawberries the day you buy them, and eat them at room temperature.
- If you absolutely must store your berries, first discard any damaged fruit. Place the remainder in a single layer on a paper towel, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days. Bring them back to room temperature before serving.