Strawberries

Christopher Hirsheimer

Strawberries can be found in supermarkets virtually year-round, thanks to growers in Florida, California, and overseas, but locally grown varieties are in season only in spring and summer in temperate regions. Perfectly delicious eaten whole and unadorned, sliced and dusted with sugar, or topped with whipped cream, strawberries are also wonderful in pies, jams, ice creams, and sorbets.

Featured Strawberry Recipes

Tips

  • Look for firm, plump, medium-size berries that still have their green caps. (Once the cap has been removed, the fruit can absorb water through its exposed top, making the berry soggy.)
  • If the berries are in a container, make sure they're not packed too tightly and that they're free of stains and moisture.
  • Strawberries are highly perishable, so buy them when you're ready to use them, and keep them in the refrigerator for no longer than a few days.

Where to Buy

Look for pick-your-own strawberry farms in your area; that's where you'll find the very freshest berries. Or buy fresh, locally grown strawberries at farm stands, farmers' markets, and supermarkets.