Nothing spells joy more than seeing juicy punnet’s of fresh strawberries affordable and aplenty at the local green grocer. We find ourselves buying more than one, so we can snack on them in the afternoon and use them as a fresh addition to our morning breakfast.
Not only are they fantastic for fresh eating, but strawberries also work wonderfully in cooking. Try a delicious strawberry tart, get creative with a yummy strawberry eton mess or even make something a little more savoury like a grilled chicken and strawberry salad.
- Strawberries technically grow all year long in Australia but they are at their peak from October – February
- On average, one single strawberry has 200 seeds
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family
- Strawberries are wonderful as a snack, in desserts and even delicious salads
- Extremely high in Vitamin C
How to choose a punnet of fresh strawberries
- Strawberries don’t continue to ripen after they have been picked. Therefore, you want to pick berries that have rich red colouring.
- Pick strawberries in cube shaped punnets as this is a sign they have been checked for quality. Those in rectangular punnets are packed in the field.
- Examine the punnet carefully, looking for strawberries that are beginning to show signs of spoilage.
How to store strawberries
Strawberries should be stored in the fridge. You can keep them in their punnet, or if you wish, you can transfer your berries to a tupperware container. Make sure to only wash your strawberries just before you are about to use them. If you wash your berries then put them in the fridge, the excess moisture will cause them to spoil quickly.
To get the maximum taste out of your berries, enjoy them at room temperature. Simple take them out of the fridge 30 minutes before eating. The cool fridge temperature can mask the sweetness of your berries.
Different ways to cook with fresh strawberries
A quick snack or baked to perfection – these are a few of our favourite ways to cook with this gorgeous berry:
- Fresh strawberries dipped in vanilla yoghurt
- Strawberries blended beautifully into a smoothie
- Sliced strawberries added to muffins or friands
- Strawberries added to a cheesecake, trifle or pavlova
- As a decoration or layer in a sponge, butter or chocolate cake
- Served with a sweet breakfast like waffles, french toast or pancakes
- Added to a savoury salad
- High in Dietary fibre, folate and potassium
- Great source of Vitamin C
- Low GI
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