Few things are closer to perfection than a strawberry when its season arrives. Even though they’re plentiful in supermarkets year-round, nothing beats the flavor of a juicy, sun-ripened strawberry in season.
What You Get: Low in calories and rich in vitamin C, a 1-cup serving of strawberries provides more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. In addition, strawberries provide plenty of fiber, some potassium and several powerful antioxidants, such as anthocyanidin and proanthocyanidins, which promote heart health and may promote optimum brain functioning.
Shopping Tips: Strawberries do not ripen further after picking. Therefore, it is important to choose bright red berries, as white- or green-tipped strawberries are lacking in flavor. Don’t overlook the little ones—small strawberries are often sweeter than their big brothers.
Storage Tips: Refrigerate strawberries immediately. Wash the berries gently in cool water just before you plan to eat them, leaving the caps on until after they are washed.