Learn About Strawberries

Author: Chef Toby

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What are strawberries? 

Strawberries are a small and heart-shaped fruit. They grow on small bushes in warm climates. The fruits have green leaves and a stem at the base, and the fruit itself is red and has hundreds of tiny seeds on its exterior.

Whole and halved strawberries on a wooden cutting board.
Whole and halved strawberries on a wooden cutting board.

What do strawberries taste like? 

Strawberries have a sweet and slightly tart taste. The fruits themselves are very juicy when biting into them. 

How do you eat strawberries?

Strawberries can be eaten in a variety of ways either on their own or paired with other fruits and foods. They are often featured in dessert recipes and pair well with whipped cream, sour cream, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries are a common treat that are often given for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day. Strawberries also pair nicely with cheeses, making them a common accompaniment to cheesecakes and cheese plates. When these fruits are cooked, they thicken and turn into jams and jellies. These can then be used in baked goods like cookies or spread on bread. 

Where do you buy strawberries?

Strawberries can be purchased throughout the year, but are in season during the spring and summertime. They are sold in plastic containers in the produce section of the grocery store, but can also be found frozen in plastic bags.

How should I store strawberries?

To keep strawberries fresh as long as possible, keep them whole in the refrigerator. Strawberries have gone bad when you notice that they have soft spots and being to mold. 

Fun Fact About Strawberries

Americans love strawberries! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat an average of 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries per year. 

Did you know

On average, there are about 200 seeds on the outside of every strawberry. 

Our Recipes Using Strawberries

Strawberries and Cream

In this tasty strawberries and cream dessert recipe, Chef Toby combines strawberries with sour cream and sugar.

strawberries and cream kids cooking video lesson

Strawberry Water 

Chef Sydney uses strawberries as the main flavor component for our Strawberry agua fresca.

strawberry water (agua de fresa) recipe

Other Recipes Using Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Make this luxurious dessert at home with minimal ingredients! To make them, start by melting semi-sweet chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave. Heat the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring in between intervals. Dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and arrange them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes or until the chocolate hardens. Pro tip: use melted white chocolate to drizzle on top of the strawberries for a decorative touch. 

Strawberry Jam 

Make your own strawberry jam at home to avoid buying the store-bought varieties full of preservatives. To make it add strawberries and sugar to a saucepan in a ratio of 2:1 (½ cup of sugar for every cup of strawberries.) Heat his mixture over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Lower the heat, add in lemon juice and simmer until it thickens. Store it in a mason jar.

Fresh Fruit Salad

This delicious fruit salad can be customized to include your favorite fruits, and can be enjoyed for dessert or breakfast! In a large bowl, combine sliced strawberries, pineapple chunks, blueberries, and raspberries. Then, add in freshly sliced mint and shredded coconut. Serve alone, or with cottage cheese, walnuts, and honey for a delicious breakfast.

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