How to Pick Sweet Strawberries

In this article, we will find out how to pick out sweet strawberries and some tricks to visually identify sweet strawberries and pick them the next time you go to buy them. 

How to pick sweet strawberries 

To pick sweet strawberries look for the strawberries that are bright red in color, for fresh green leaves, the strawberries should also be plump, and avoid picking the strawberries that have mold on them. 

Steps to identify and pick sweet strawberries 

Bright red berries

Look for berries that are red top to bottom. Strawberries do not ripen after they are picked from the plant.

 Look for fresh green leaves 

Another indication you can look for are fresh green leaves. Once the strawberries are picked the leaves begin to dry and wilt. So green fresh leaves mean that the berries are fresh too 

Look for plump berries 

Plump strawberries are also an indication of sweet berries. Dry berries mean they are old and they probably won’t taste sweet

Look for mold on berries

Any food item with mold on them is a big no. They should never be consumed as mold on food indicates that the food is rotten. If you see mold on one strawberry chances are that there are many more rotten strawberries so avoid picking those. 

Buy local 

Local food means that they have not been transported from far away and will reach you when they are fresh. If berries come from far away, they have to be picked before they’re ripe, which means they are never picked at peak ripeness in order for them to endure that journey. That also means they’ll never reach their juiciest, sweetest potential.

Buy in-season. 

 Berries grown in winter are either imported or too hardy a variety to taste very good.

Buy organic.  

Strawberries contain high levels of pesticides even after washing.  Organic berries won’t necessarily taste better than conventional, but at least you won’t be eating tons of pesticides.

How To Store Strawberries

Strawberries taste sweeter when they are at room temperature. They can be stored uncovered in the refrigerator for about 3 days.

You can just take them out of the fridge for 30 minutes or so before you want to eat them. 

Another way to ensure the strawberries don’t go bad while storage is to remove any overripe or moldy berries, as they will make the whole batch go bad quicker.

Washing them too soon makes them prone to mold so only wash strawberries just before eating.

If you want to store them for a longer duration then it is best to freeze them and for that, you can slice off the leafy part at the top and chop them up, and lay on a parchment paper-lined sheet. 

Then freeze the chopped strawberries until they are hard then transfer them to a freezer-safe container.

Other FAQs about Strawberries which you may be interested in.

How do you ripen strawberries?

Are wild strawberries safe to eat?

How long for strawberries to grow?

Nutrition Information For Strawberries

152 g of strawberries have the following nutrient content

  • Calories: 49
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 3 g, 12% of Daily Value (DV)
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • 149% DV of Vitamin C
  • 29% DV of Manganese
  • 9% DV of Folate (Vitamin B9)

Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant to fight against potentially damaging free radicals and are also an important cofactor in collagen synthesis

Manganese available in strawberries only in trace amounts plays a role in healthy brain and nervous system function.

Vitamine B9, a water-soluble vitamin helps make DNA & RNA and metabolize amino acids.

Health benefits of eating strawberries

As strawberries are packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols

Strawberries are also sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. 

They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. 

Various dishes made of strawberries

  • Strawberry Smoothie
  • Strawberry Chia Oatmeal Cookies
  • strawberries and a few other tasty toppings
  • Creamy Strawberry Popsicles
  • Watermelon Berry Fruit Salad.
  • Strawberry Limeade Slush.

Some interesting facts about strawberries

  1. 94% of American households consume the berries.
  2. One acre of land can grow about 50,000 pounds of strawberries.
  3. Strawberries are grown in every single U.S. state and Canadian province.
  4. California produces 75% of crops in the U.S.
  5. About 1 billion pounds of the berry is produced each year in California alone.
  6. In California, each acre of land produces an average of 21 tons a year.
  7. Peak harvesting season in California is from April through June.
  8. 10 million baskets of strawberries are shipped daily during harvest time in California.
  9. Florida is second in production with about 5,000 commercial acres.
  10. North Carolina is ranked third with about 1,600 acres.
  11. Every plant is hand-picked about every three days.
  12. Ancient Romans used the berries to treat everything from depression to fever.
  13. The flavor is influenced by weather, variety, and ripeness when harvested.
  14. The perfect temperature for strawberry plants is between 55 and 78 degrees.
  15. Strawberry can be produced via seed, by planting one fruit in the ground.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed “how to pick sweet strawberries”. We discussed a few tricks to identify sweet strawberries for the next time you go shopping for strawberries. We also discussed various ways to store strawberries, different dishes that can be made using strawberries, and some interesting facts about them.

References

  1. https://blog.aghires.com/25-strawberry-fun-facts/
  2. https://www.myfearlesskitchen.com/how-to-choose-strawberries/
  3. https://www.thekitchn.com/heres-how-to-pick-the-best-carton-of-strawberries-245019
  4. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/nutritional-benefits-of-the-strawberry

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