Look for deep-red berries that are shiny and firm with fresh green leaves. Watch out for white “shoulders”: Strawberries won’t ripen further once they’ve been picked. And if your budget allows, spring for organic; nonorganic strawberries are found to have high levels of pesticide residue and top the Dirty Dozen list.
Store-bought berries are often packed tightly, which can cause them to deteriorate quickly. To keep them fresher longer, arrange the berries in a single layer on a paper towel in a plastic container with a lid. Stored that way, they’ll keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Wash berries just before eating. Rinse, then pat dry before hulling them. If you’re the patient sort, let your strawberries stand for about an hour at room temperature before eating. They’ll taste even sweeter!
Try these recipes!
Strawberry & Burrata Salad
Bring this strawberry salad with Burrata and candied walnuts on your next picnic for an easy, fresh side.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry & Burrata Salad
Honey-Roasted Strawberry Sundaes
This sweet and zesty strawberry topping tastes delicious on just about any ice cream.
Recipe: Try our Honey-Roasted Strawberry Sundaes
Strawberry Tres Leches Cake
Turn a box of cake mix into a beautiful dessert that looks so much more difficult than it is.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry Tres Leches Cake
Strawberry Ice Cream Taco with Fruit Salsa
Once you make the cookie shell, just pile on your ice cream and toppings for a sweet summery treat.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry Ice Cream Taco with Fruit Salsa
Red Fruit Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil
Cherries, strawberries, grapes, and raspberries with some basil and balsamic make for one beautiful salad.
Recipe: Try our Red Fruit Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil
Abby Newman's Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cakes
Serve this sweet strawberry and clementine salad with cod potato cakes for a healthy and flavorful meal.
This fruity dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry-Mango Tart
Tomato, Watermelon & Strawberry Agua Fresca
Blend all your ingredients, add in water, and enjoy!
Recipe: Try our Tomato, Watermelon & Strawberry Agua Fresca
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cobbler
A chocolatey-strawberry filling topped with chocolate chip biscuits is our new favorite way to enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Recipe: Try our Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cobbler
Fruity Spinach Salad
Once you see how easy this salad is to whip up, you'll make it all summer long.
Recipe: Try our Fruity Spinach Salad
Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast
This decadent start to your morning includes thick brioche, whipped cream, and graham crackers.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast
Lemon, Mascarpone & Strawberry Pie
Lemon curd and strawberries give this quick pie bright flavor. You won't believe it only takes 24 minutes to prep!
Recipe: Try our Lemon, Mascarpone & Strawberry Pie
Strawberry & Thyme Switchel Cocktail
If you can't stop sipping this herby berry cocktail, don't worry: It doesn't have alcohol in it, just apple cider vinegar and sparkling water.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry & Thyme Switchel Cocktail
Fresh Strawberry Gelatin Surprise
The surprise? A thick ribbon of vanilla panna cotta on the inside!
Recipe: Try our Fresh Strawberry Gelatin Surprise
Strawberry & Jalapeño Salsa
Eat this sweet and spicy salsa with whatever you fancy—even just a fork!
Recipe: Try our Strawberry & Jalapeño Salsa
Strawberry-Tarragon Ice Pops
Minty cool tarragon and sweet strawberries mix with sugar for these simple pops.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry-Tarragon Ice Pops
Strawberry-Ginger Quick Jam
Keep this four-ingredient jam on hand for all your favorite foods—pancakes, oatmeal, toast, and anything else your heart desires.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry-Ginger Quick Jam
Soak strawberries in red wine and cognac for a sweet, boozy ice cream topping.
Recipe: Try our Drunken Strawberries
Grilled Halibut with Strawberry Salad
Flaky white fish and a fresh berry salad is the 30-minute summer meal of your dreams.
Recipe: Try our Grilled Halibut with Strawberry Salad
Add almonds and almond extract to the classic strawberry-ricotta combo for a creamy, fresh parfait.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry-Ricotta Parfait
Prosecco, strawberries, bitters, and sugar cubes are all you need to get sipping on this seasonal drink.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry-Prosecco Sparkler
Strawberry Ice Cream Topping
Pour this sauce over your ice cream, and watch the magic happen.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry Ice Cream Topping
Strawberries & Cream Crispy Rice Bars
These taste just like strawberries and cream or, dare we say, better.
Recipe: Try our Strawberries & Cream Crispy Rice Bars
Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries
It's always a good morning when sweet roasted strawberries and pancakes are involved!
Recipe: Try our Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries
Strawberry Cream Cheese Charlotte
Behind that wall of ladyfingers is a decadent filling of rich and citrusy cream cheese, syrupy strawberries, and pistachios.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry Cream Cheese Charlotte
Strawberry clouds sound like the loveliest thing ever, and with a whipped cream base and crumbled meringue topping, they taste like it, too.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry Clouds
Strawberry-Basil Virgin Daiquiri
Lime, basil, and strawberry blended into a frozen bev—is there anything better?
Recipe: Try our Strawberry-Basil Virgin Daiquiri
Arugula, Strawberry & Feta Salad
A honey-vinegar dressing that can be whipped up in minutes makes this the tastiest, easiest summer salad you've ever had.
Recipe: Try our Arugula, Strawberry & Feta Salad
Frozen Strawberry Smoothie Pie
Don't be fooled by how pretty this looks. All you have to do is blend yogurt, bananas, and jam, pour it into a store-bought crust, and top with berries and store-bought granola. So simple, so delicious!
Recipe: Try our Frozen Strawberry Smoothie Pie
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Crumble
Crumbly, buttery graham crackers, whipped cream cheese, and strawberry ice cream combine for a sweet and soft dessert with the perfect amount of crunch.
Recipe: Try our Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Crumble
Fresh Strawberry Butter
This simple fruity butter will make your regular old toast feel super special.
Recipe: Try our Fresh Strawberry Butter
Strawberry & Ricotta Bruschetta
You might want to make two servings of this: eight slices for you, eight slices for everyone else.
Recipe: Try our Strawberry & Ricotta Bruschetta
Tangy Strawberry Lassi
It's like an extra-creamy strawberry milkshake with a touch of cardamom and lime zest.
Recipe: Try our Tangy Strawberry Lassi
Pink-Peppercorn Strawberry Icebox Cake
Make this after lunch and your creamy, dreamy icebox cake will be ready to eat by the time you're done with dinner.
Recipe: Try our Pink-Peppercorn Strawberry Icebox Cake