How do you feel about berries. Personally, I like them. They’re a treat that we eat whole or sliced with drizzled honey. My kids always contemplate growing strawberries in their tummies after eating the seeds.
A quick and effortless way to hull out your berries is to insert a straw in the bottom of the berry and push it up through the stem.
When you’re buying strawberries from the grocery store look for ripe berries that are firm and dry. The green hints should be fresh, not wilted. Turn the box over and check it is dry. If the bottom is moist or stained some of the berries could be overripe.
To maintain the berries fresh for the longest amount of time, don’t wash them when you bring them home. Place them in the refrigerator and store until ready to use. Wash them when you take them out to serve, or cook with.
Did you know that seven to eight medium sized berries makes a serving. In that serving you may have just about 22 calories. This could be one of the best kept fruit secrets of all time.
If tradition doesn’t dictate strawberry shortcake for dessert try these variations.
Dipped in chocolate
Chopped or dipped in your favorite yogurt
Dipped in sour cream
Dusted with a little confectioners’ sugar
But you eat your strawberries enjoy them in the understanding that they are healthy sweet treats.