Market Notes: Strawberries

With Applecrest Farm already harvesting first-of-the season strawberries, the rest is sure to follow! Northeast Harvest offers these strawberry factoids for your entertainment:

• Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

• Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

• The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

• Strawberries are low fat, low calorie and high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.

• One cup of strawberries has only 55 calories.

• Strawberries are grown in every state in the US. California is the top producer with 75% of production in the US with Florida in 2nd place.

Whether from the farmers’ market or pick-your-own, look for strawberries that are red down through the tip — strawberries are one of the fruits that stop ripening after being picked. Plan to use these luscious berries within a day or two; they’re best kept dry, and stored in a paper bag in the fridge.

We’ve collected some recipes for your berry pleasure over at Pinterest (under Berry recipes): Once you’ve had your fill of them fresh, try them in a Honey Balsamic Strawberry Galette, as a Strawberry Risotto, or simply roasted to bring out their caramelized sweetness!

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