The strawberry is a small plant that belongs to the Rose family. Strawberry plants may appear to grow on vines, but they produce runners, or daughter plants, that mimic vine growth. These runners help the strawberry spread across a garden. Strawberries can be grown wild or as a cultivated plant.
Choose strawberries that are firm, shiny, and brightly colored. Strawberries should be free from bruising and mold. Harvest or choose ripe berries as they do not ripen after being picked.
Store unwashed strawberries in their original container, or in a paper-lined container covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.
Strawberries contain vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds. They are a good source of potassium, which helps with muscle contractions and regulating fluid balance in the body. Strawberries also have folate, which is important for women who are pregnant, as it plays an important role in preventing birth defects.
- Add sliced strawberries to a salad
- Make a fruit salad using strawberries
- Top ice cream with fresh sliced strawberries
- Add sliced strawberries to cereal or oatmeal
- Top yogurt with sliced strawberries
- Add to the batter or top pancakes or waffles with strawberries
- Add to a smoothie
- Add cut strawberries to baked goods and other desserts like pies
- Make jams and jellies
- Blend strawberries and add to lemonade
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