It is not surprising that strawberries are the most popular berry in the world. An extremely versatile fruit, the strawberry is great in salads, desserts, and with proteins, and they're perfect to eat as a snack. They're in season late April through August, so there's no time like no time like the present to take full advantage of strawberries.
There are more than 600 strawberry varieties differing in flavor, size, and texture, although you can usually identify a strawberry by its red flesh decorated with yellow seeds and crowed with a small, trifoliate crown of leaves. Strawberries are very perishable and should only be purchased a few days prior to use. When selecting strawberries, look for firm, plump, mold-free berries that have a shiny, deep red color and intact green stems. Steer clear of berries that are dull in color with green or yellow patches—once picked, strawberries do not continue to ripen. Make sure that prepackaged strawberries are not packed too tightly, which could cause damage. For your inspiration, we have rounded up our favorite recipes featuring the seasonal strawberry.
- Strawberry Vanilla Agua Fresca
- Dandelion, Strawberry, and Balsamic Onion Salad
- Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler
- Spinach Strawberry Salad
- Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Tomato and Strawberry Gaspacho
- Strawberry Bavarian
What are your favorite ways to use strawberries?