After a long winter, strawberries are one of the first fruits to come into season. With their bright red skin and juicy flesh, they are hard to resist. Their season is fairly short, so take advantage by tossing the berries into a variety of desserts and savory dishes. They are also very nutritious, containing a high amount of vitamin C, fiber, B-vitamins, and minerals.
**All About Strawberries**
In Season: Strawberries
When to Buy: Strawberries have a short season which varies depending on the region. Generally, they are in season from April to July. Look for the freshest berries at a farmer’s market, as they are likely to be sweeter and more flavorful. Supermarket berries are often imported from far away and tasteless.
What to Buy: Look for firm, fragrant, and bright red strawberries. The berries should have no mold or soft spots and the stems should be green and fresh looking. The berries do not ripen after picking, so avoid any pale or green strawberries.
Prep & Storage: Like most berries, strawberries have a short shelf life. Before storing, discard any soft or mushy berries, as they can ruin your entire container. Store the berries, unwashed, in the refrigerator.
How to Cook: Strawberries work wonderfully in a range of desserts, from cakes to ice cream. When blended or made into a syrup, they add a fruity flavor to drinks. They can also be used in some savory dishes, especially in a spring salad. When cooked, strawberries caramelize and release their juices, which makes them perfect for crumbles or crisps. They are also great when simply eaten out of hand or tossed in a fruit salad. To prepare the berries, wash them, then cut off the green top and slice into quarters.
Recipe Box: Check out our favorite strawberry recipes!
Meringue Cupcakes with Strawberry and Nutella
A seasonal and gluten-free cupcake alternative.
Strawberry Rhubarb Banana Bread
This bread combines two classic American desserts—banana bread and strawberry rhubarb pie—for a stellar loaf cake.
Roasted Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream
This unusual recipe uses roasted strawberries, which gives the ice cream a caramel flavor that is balanced by the nutty coconut.
Arugula Salad with Strawberries
This easy recipe showcases the savory side of strawberries. It’s the spring version of a pear and arugula salad.
Strawberry Balsamic Flatbread
Strawberries and balsamic sounds like a bizarre combination, but the vinegar brings out the strawberry’s flavor. This recipe is a both sweet and salty, making it perfect for when you can’t decide between dinner and dessert.
Hillary Pollak is a junior at New York University, where she studies sustainable food. She is currently obsessed with spring produce.