A Guide to Strawberries
A strawberry by any other name...would still taste as sweet, but technically, it shouldn't be called a "berry." True berries, like blueberries and cranberries, have seeds inside, whereas strawberry seeds are on the outside of the fruits.
Strawberries stop ripening as soon as they're picked, so don't buy green ones thinking they'll mature -- they won't!
Did you know? There are 200 seeds on the average strawberry (give or take a few!).
Up Next: Recipe for Strawberry Salsa
Try this sweet-spicy summer salsa over grilled meats or fish, or scoop it up with chips!
Up Next: The truth about organic strawberries
When it comes to deciding whether to splurge on organic strawberries, consider this: They have more vitamin C and antioxidants than conventional berries, according to a Washington State University study, and because they contain less water, they tend to have a more concentrated sweetness. They're also purer -- a very good thing, since regular berries have one of the highest concentrations of pesticide residues of all produce tracked by the USDA.
Up Next: Fresh and fast ideas
Toss sliced strawberries with balsamic vinegar and let sit for 20 minutes; spoon on toasts slathered with ricotta cheese.
Up Next: Strawberry Gazpacho
Strawberry and Cucumber Gazpacho
Gazpacho is a delicious (and easy!) summer recipe. Here's a strawberry-twist on the classic cold soup:
Blend berries with EVOO, minced garlic and peeled cucumber. Serve chilled.
Up Next: Strawberry Pizza
Sprinkle strawberries, arugula and feta on top of store-bought dough before baking.
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In the Sweet Spot
Since the 1800s, strawberries have been a grand slam at Wimbledon, Britain's famous tennis tournament. Each year, spectators consume over 30 tons in the form of strawberries and cream, the event's signature dish. Picked from farms in nearby Kent up to 24 hours before serving, they belong to a breed that's smaller and more tart than what we find here in the States. Not that anyone's complaining!
Up Next: How to decorate your cake with berries
How to Decorate a Cake
Learn how to decorate a cake using fruit, nuts, candy and more in this how-to video.
Up Next: Drunken Strawberries
All you need for this scrumptious dessert is some light red wine, sugar, Cognac and berries. Serve over ice cream for the perfect spiked summer treat.
Up Next: Red, White and Blue Tiramisu
This berry delicious dessert is perfect for any occasion. Randomly distribute the strawberries, blackberries and blueberries on top to create a casual and colorful topping.
Up Next: Serve with some bubbly
The perfect pairing to any sparkling wine or champagne? Strawberries, of course!
Up Next: Give your berries an Italian flare
You may look twice at this interesting combo of balsamic vinegar and strawberries, but the flavors go hand in hand.
Up Next: A wacky take on strawberry shortcake!
Strawberry Marshmallow & Cracker Cake
Not your average strawberry shortcake! This crazy-cool pie from Momofuku Milk Bar Pastry Chef, Christina Tosi, is both sweet and salty with strawberry-flavored marshmallow cream fluff and butter crackers.
Up Next: Leftover strawberries?
The possibilities are endless! This sauce can be warmed up and poured over waffles; freezed in paper cups with Popsicle sticks; layered with fresh fruit, yogurt and granola; spooned over ice cream or sorbet; or blended into a milkshake or a fruit smoothie.
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