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Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and folic acid

How to pick the perfect strawberry

• Look for strawberries with a bright red skin. White spots indicate under-ripened fruit.

• If squeezed, a perfectly ripened strawberry will yield a slight give. They shouldn’t be too soft or too hard.

• Smell your fruit! The most delicious strawberries will have the sweetest fragrance.

• Shop locally for the best selection. The shorter the distance your strawberries have to travel, the more likely they are to be fresh.

How to prepare and store strawberries

• Leave the caps (stems) intact on the strawberries to maintain the nutritional value.

• Do not rinse your strawberries until just before consumption. Excess moisture will cause the fruit to spoil more rapidly.

• Strawberries are sold in baskets to allow air to circulate. Store your strawberries in a colander and keep cool in the refrigerator.