Wash strawberries only before eating them, wet berries are more apt to get moldy. Leave the stems on as long as possible. Keeping the stems on until you're about to eat the strawberries will prolong their shelf life. Remove any moldy berries immediately. Mold spreads easily, so it's best to remove any spoiled berries before they ruin the rest of the bunch.
Strawberries are a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.
- A member of the rose family, the strawberry is the only fruit with seeds on the outside. And on average, there are 200 seeds on each berry.
- Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
- The American Indians introduced the Colonists to strawberries. The crushed berries were mixed with cornmeal and baked into bread. After trying this bread, Colonists developed their own version of the recipe and created Strawberry Shortcake.