How do you feel about strawberries. I personally like them. They are a treat that we eat whole or sliced with drizzled honey. Did you know that the average strawberry has about 200 seeds on the outside. My kids always contemplate growing strawberries in their tummies after eating the seeds.
A quick and easy way to hull out your strawberries is to insert a straw in the bottom of the berry and push it up through the stem.
When you are buying strawberries from the grocery store look for ripe berries that are firm and dry. The green tips should be fresh, not wilted. Turn the box over and check that it is dry. If the bottom is moist or stained some of the berries may be overripe.
To keep the berries fresh for the longest amount of time, do not 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 strawberries makes a serving. In that serving you will have only about 22 calories. This could be one of the best kept fruit secrets of all time.
If tradition does not dictate strawberry shortcake for dessert try these variations.
Dipped in chocolate
Chopped or dipped in your favorite yogurt
Dipped in sour cream
Dipped in whipped cream, homemade is preferable
Dusted with a little confectioners sugar
However you eat your strawberries enjoy them in the knowledge that they are healthy sweet treats.
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