Strawberries are chock full of antioxidants that can support heart health, and help protect you against cancer and inflammatory diseases. They are a very versatile fruit that can be used in everything from baked goods, smoothie drinks, oatmeal, and salads.
A great source of fiber and vitamin C, strawberries are also delicious and sweet enough to be eaten alone. It’s important to buy organically grown strawberries, because pesticides are typically used on those that are conventionally grown. Their peak season is April through July, which is when they taste the best.
Because strawberries go bad quickly, it’s best not to wash and cut them until you’re going to eat or use them. Also, be sure to leave the stems on until after they’re washed. This keeps them from absorbing water, which can diminish their sweet flavor and wonderfully crisp texture.