Strawberry Picking and Buying Tips

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strawberryCathy Isom tells us about getting the berry best when it comes to picking, buying and storing Strawberries. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Strawberry Picking and Buying Tips

From: California Strawberries

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pickingCalifornia strawberries are fully ripe at the time they are picked and do not continue to ripen after harvesting. Here are a few tips on how to make your berries last as long as possible.

1) Choose berries that have a bright red color, a natural shine and fresh looking green caps.

2) Strawberries should always be refrigerated and kept dry until just before serving.

3) With green stems still in tact, rinse berries under cool water.

4) After rinsing, gently blot dry.

5) Remove the green caps from the berries with a light twist or with the point of a knife.

Freezing Strawberries

  • After rinsing, gently blot dry.
  • Slice stem off at top of berry.
  • Place cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
  • Place uncovered in freezer for 24 hours.
  • Transfer strawberries to a freezer bag or container.
  • Frozen strawberries can be stored frozen for several months.

Serving Suggestions

Fresh strawberries with whipped cream on whiteFresh California strawberries are most flavorful at room temperature. They can be enjoyed just as they are or sliced in cereals, salads and served with any meal, any time of day. For additional ways to serve strawberries, check out our recipe pages, blog, or the California Strawberries Facebook page.

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Video from The Produce Guy

YourProduceGuy visits a massive “pick your own” Strawberry patch while in California. What a wonderful find. There’s nothing like picking fresh produce. Most strawberries bought at the store are picked on the greener side and then they ripen while they travel. This was just a delight!