Thanks to an extended growing season in California and Florida, you can find strawberries all year round in most grocery stores. But if you like your strawberries to taste like strawberries, then get ready! In most states, strawberry season runs from about April to June — which means that pints of locally grown, brightly sweet little berries will be popping up at your market any minute.
How to select strawberries
Berries should be brightly colored, shiny and plump. Also, make sure that they still have their green caps on, and stay away from any with white-colored flesh near the cap if you can. Skip berries that are soft, dull, darkened or shriveled. Also, they should smell sweet and, well, like strawberries. If you don’t get anything when you take a whiff, move along.
How to store & prep strawberries
Strawberries will keep for two days or so in an airtight container in the refrigerator — just don’t rinse them until you’re ready to eat them.
Once you are ready, place the berries in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Lay them flat on a kitchen towel and allow them to dry (or pat them dry if you’re in a rush).
How to hull strawberries
Take a paring knife and gently insert the tip of the blade into the top of the strawberry at an angle near the stem. Turn the strawberry until you’ve cut around the entire stem cap, then pull out the stem. Alternately, you can use a strawberry huller.
And of course, how to eat strawberries
Of course, strawberries are delicious all on their own, but you can also dress them up with lightly sweetened whipped cream, plain yogurt or crème fraîche. They’re fantastic tossed in salads with a little chèvre or another mild cheese — oh, we could go on. If you want to try something a bit more involved with your strawberries, check out a few of our favorite dessert recipes:
- Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
- Grilled Pound Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
- Strawberry Soufflés with Cointreau Whipped Cream
- Strawberry Mascarpone Tartlets with Rhubarb Glaze
- Classic Strawberry Shortcake
- Strawberry Yogurt Cake
- Triple Berry Smoothie
What’s your favorite way to eat (or drink) a strawberry?