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Strawberries

Everyday Food, May/June 2003

These bountiful fruits reach their peak in most areas in May and June. They are delicious on their own, sprinkled with sugar, or in breakfast recipes, desserts, and even salads.

What to Look For
Strawberries vary in size, shape, and color. Look for locally grown berries that are brightly colored and plump. They should have the green caps attached and be uniform in size. Avoid soft, shriveled, or moldy fruits. If the strawberries smell sweet, they will most likely taste sweet, too.

How to Store
Sort and remove any bruised or damaged berries as soon as possible. Do not rinse fruits until you are ready to use them. Refrigerate strawberries in a tightly sealed container, preferably in a single layer on a paper towel, for two to three days.

Nutritional Information
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, and folic acid.

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