Strawberry season is in full bloom (May's National Strawberry Month kicked it all off), so we wanted to provide you with a few fun facts about these seasonal super fruits.
TIPS FOR PICKING STRAWBERRIES:
~ Always call before visiting the farm to make sure strawberries are available and to see if you'll need to bring your own picking containers.
~ If you go on a weekend, leave early to make sure the field hasn't been picked clean.
~ Bring something to drink and a few snacks. And don't forget hats and sunscreen!
~ Be careful not to damage other fruits in or along the edge of the row while kneeling or walking around.
~ Pick only the berries that are fully red. Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
~ Help farmers by removing damaged fruit from the plant.
~ Use forefinger & thumbnail to twist off the stem above the fruit.
~ Strawberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three days
~ To avoid spoiling, don't wash the berries until you're ready to use them.
FUN STRAWBERRY FACTS
- No one knows the true origin of the strawberry's name, but a popular theory is that it morphed from "strewn berries."
- On average, there are 200 tiny yellow seeds on a single strawberry.
- If every strawberry grown in California this year was lined up, they would wrap around the Earth 15 times!
- Strawberries are good sources of folic acid, potassium, fiber and calcium. Strawberries are also fat-free and low in calories.
- One cup of unsweetened strawberries contains only 45-55 calories.
- Unripe strawberries will not ripen once picked.Not going to serve your strawberries right away? No problem! Strawberries will keep for months if they are frozen without air.