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Strawberries are packed with beneficial nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, potassium, vitamin B and magnesium.
Aside from being delicious, this super fruit provides many health benefits. Research shows strawberries help fight cancer and heart disease, promote eye health and reduce inflammation of the joints – just to name a few!
Strawberries are one of the only fresh fruits picked and packed by hand directly in the field. Harvesting strawberries is a true labor of love.
When selecting strawberries look for:
- Strawberries stored in a refrigerated display case within the produce department
- Bright sheen with even red color
- Clean berries and dry container
- Fresh unwilted green leaves (calyx)
Unlike a banana, strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked, so be sure to avoid white shoulders and seedy tips.
Wish Farms harvests several different strawberry varieties based on the season and growing region. The appearance of strawberry varieties does vary. Some varieties are a lighter or darker shade of red. Some are dense in the center and some are hollow and light inside. The tips above will help you select the freshest strawberries available.
A lot of love goes into growing and harvesting strawberries. Follow these berry care tips to keep your strawberries fresher longer.
- Always keeps your strawberries refrigerated.
- Gently rinse strawberries under cool water just prior to use.
- When ready to serve, cut off green caps (optional)
Freshness does vary. Ideally, strawberries should last approximately three to five days in your refrigerator.
How to Freeze
The best way to keep Wish Farms strawberries and blueberries on hand all year long is to freeze them and preserve for later use.
Frozen berries are perfect for making smoothies and protein shakes, jams and jellies in addition to countless berry recipes.
- Gently rinse strawberries with cool water
- Cut the green caps off the top of each berry along with any soft spots
- Pat lightly with a towel to soak up access water
- Allow time for the berries to thoroughly dry
- Evenly lay berries flat side down on a cookie sheet
- Place cookie sheet into the freezer for approximately 2 hours; or until berries are completely frozen
- Pour frozen berries into large plastic zipper bag and seal tightly
- Write the date on the plastic bag and store in freezer