To make your fresh berries last as long as possible, always refrigerate your berries immediately. Stack them carefully, and be sure to keep them away from moisture, until you are ready to use. When you are ready to indulge in them, leave the green caps on until you're ready to prepare them for your table. When washing, use a gentle spray of cool water. And after washing, remove the green caps with a light twist or with the point of a small paring knife.
Fun Strawberry Facts
- A 12 ounce serving of strawberries has only 97 calories, and eight strawberries contain more Vitamin C than a medium sized orange.
- Strawberries are the only fruit that grow seeds on the outside, with over 200 seeds on every berry.
- If all the strawberries grown in California were laid together side by side, they would circle the globe 15 times.
- Ancient Romans used strawberries as medicine, believing they could cure fever, bad breath, gout, sore throats, depression, fainting and diseases of the blood.
- The Iroquois Indians grew strawberries as one of their most important crops, using them to brew tea and season meats.