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Good strawberries—you know, those crimson, thimble-size gems currently perfuming the air at farm stands—are as ephemeral as spring itself. They can turn to mush in hours, a problem we often solve by tossing them back like popcorn while mosying home from the market. Cooks with more restraint, however, should keep strawberries fresh by storing them in the fridge, spread in a single layer on a paper towel in an airtight container.    

Strawberries make some of the world’s most heavenly sweets, from cool berry tarts to pretty pink cocktails and crowd-pleasing strawberry shortcakes. Rhubarb may be the strawberry’s most ubiquitous bedfellow, but the berry’s heady aromas play wonderfully with citrus, acid, booze, spices, and—yes—salt, as proven by dishes like strawberry-goat cheese hand pies and crackly strawberry focaccia. A dollop of dairy (mascarpone, yogurt, ice cream, what have you) turns them into something altogether ambrosial, as anyone who’s tucked into a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream can attest.

But we have a bone to pick with supermarket strawberries. While useful in a pinch for decorating desserts, they can be watery and tough. That’s because they’re a Chilean American hybrid bred for looks and durability as opposed to flavor. They pale in comparison to our favorite Tristars and Lilliputian fraises des bois, which you’re more likely to encounter at the farmers market—all the more reason to seek out (and, sigh, splurge on) the real deal during the berries’ fleeting season. With these recipes in your back pocket, you’ll be off to a running start.

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Loaf Bread

Swirled with jam and and divoted with whole cooked strawberries, this snacking cake is a brunch knockout. Get the recipe >

Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes

Strawberry Sundae
Photography by Belle Morizio; Food Styling by Victoria Granof; Prop Styling by Dayna Seman

Strawberry milkshakes get the adult treatment in this boozy, orange-scented beverage that doubles as dessert. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Rhubarb Pâte de Fruit

Strawberry Pate de Fruit Recipe with Rhubarb
Photography by Belle Morizio

These fragrant jelly candies call for a bounty of fresh fruit—which means they’re healthy, right? Right? Get the recipe >

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Our go-to recipe for strawberry shortcake turns out moist, buttery biscuits every time. Slice them in half, then let your guests load them up with soft whipped cream and macerated fresh berries. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
Photography by SAVEUR Editors

It’s two sticky thumbs up to these flaky, fork-crimped beauties perfect for picnicking and potlucks. Get the recipe >

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint

Swedish Almond Cheesecake Recipe
Photography by Paola + Murray; Food Styling by Rebecca Jurkevich; Prop Styling by Sophie Strangio

Swirled with jam and and divoted with whole cooked strawberries, this snacking cake is a brunch knockout. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions

Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions
Photography by Thomas Payne

This sweet-and-salty focaccia that comes together with minimal effort is a welcome springtime twist on the original. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Spritz

Strawberry Spritz
Hayden Stinebaugh

Thickened with coconut milk and pepped up with fresh lime juice, the strawberry spritz created at Detroit’s Candy Bar drinks like a tropical vacation. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

It turns out that the secret to great strawberry ice cream is—you guessed it—sweet, overripe farmers-market berries. Get the recipe >

Strawberry-Beet Sorbet

Strawberry-Beet Sorbet
Photography by Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

Vibrant fuschia orbs of tart yet earthy sorbet are a refreshing finale to any summer cookout. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

Best Strawberry Recipes
Photography by Christina Holmes

Inspire oohs and aahs with this luxurious strawberry-topped cheesecake spread with smoky, tangy charred rhubarb jam. Get the recipe >

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

This recipe goes out to all the readers who can’t think of a better bagel topping than cream cheese and jam. Get the recipe >

Pavlova

Pavlova
Photography by Dave Lieberman

A crackly crown of meringue brimming with colorful berries is the kind of fresh, light dessert we crave when temperatures soar. Get the recipe >

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Ice-Pops

Cool off with these homemade pink popsicles that are a hit with kids and adults alike. Get the recipe >

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