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by Lindsey Sexton - April 22, 2021
Spring is in full swing and that means delicious local strawberries are in season.
Arkansas strawberries are usually available from late April through the month of May.
Fully ripe strawberries will have a rich red color, bright green caps, and a sweet
smell. This ensures the berries were picked at the peak of freshness and will meet
your expectation of what a strawberry should taste like. As tempting as the big ones
may be, medium-size berries are more flavorful than large berries. Twelve very large
berries or 36 small berries equals a pint. One pint yields about 3¼ cups whole, 2¼
cups sliced or 1⅔ cups pureed berries.
Strawberries with bruises or without caps do not store well and should not be purchased.
Also, strawberries do not continue to ripen once they are picked. So be on the lookout
for white or pale pink berries and steer clear of them.
If you don’t plan to eat your strawberries the day you bring them home, the best place
for them is in the high-humidity crisper drawer of the refrigerator. It helps to maintain
humidity and keep the berries from losing moisture and wilting. Always remove bruised,
rotted or molded berries before storing. Never rinse the berries or remove the caps
before storing. Removing the cap early can reduce flavor, texture and nutrient quality.
Strawberries can only be stored for a couple of days in the refrigerator. If held
longer, a grey mold may develop. For optimal refrigeration, place berries no more
than two berries deep in a shallow container or tray covered with waxed paper or plastic
Keep in mind, even when properly stored, strawberries only last a day or two in the
Strawberries should only be washed when you are ready to use them. Like most berries,
washing them ahead of time causes the fruit to break down. Like all other fruits and
vegetables, strawberries should be washed under clean, running water before eating
them. You should also use clean knives and cutting surfaces, and make sure you have
washed your hands prior to preparing the berries for eating.
Putting up strawberries typically means you are going to freeze them for later use.
This is a 4 step process.
Add ¾ cup sugar to 4 cups (1⅓ pounds) whole, sliced or crushed strawberries and mix
thoroughly. Stir until most of the sugar is dissolved or let stand for 15 minutes.
Place in containers; leave ½-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts.
Besides being great to eat, strawberries are a great addition to a healthy diet. They
provide vitamin C, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain
cancers. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums
healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb some important minerals
including iron. They also provide the body with potassium and fiber. Potassium is
also present, which helps control blood pressure and possibly prevent strokes.
Nutrition Facts per 1 cup serving of sliced strawberries
Calories 53Protein 1gCarbohydrates 13gFat 0.5gFiber 3gSodium 1.5mg