Strawberries in Massachusetts
Strawberries are the first locally grown fruit to ripen in June and are available fresh through July. There are many farms in Massachusetts where you can pick your own berries by the quart. Strawberries are the most popular berry in the United States. On average, Americans eat more than three pounds of fresh strawberries each year. It takes 30 days for a strawberry to grow from flower to fruit. On average, there are 200 seeds on a strawberry.
- Look for plump berries with a rich red color, green stems, and a sweet smell. Avoid bruised fruit or any signs of mold.
- Refrigerate unwashed berries in a perforated container for up to 3 days.
- Strawberries are best when eaten as soon as possible.
- Before serving, gently wash with cool water with the green caps still intact.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants and are low in calories.
Make a smoothie with low-fat yogurt, strawberries, and a handful of ice for a delicious breakfast or snack. Add strawberries to a salad or on top of oatmeal.
Try this delicious Spinach and Strawberry Salad recipe.