Do you like Strawberries?? I sure do! They are the first fruit to ripen in spring and early summer. Strawberries are the most cultivated berry in the US. They’re grown in every state and are available at most farmers markets. Nothing beats fresh, local berries. Besides being delicious. they are also nutritious. They have a unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
When buying strawberries stick with organic, or locally grown or at least grown in the US. They are mostly imported from countries that have less stringent regulations for pesticide use. 50+ pesticides have been detected on certain strawberries. The pesticides can’t be washed off. The strawberry’s external seeds make it very difficult to properly wash.
Here are instructions for the best way to clean, dry, and store berries:
1. Soak the strawberries in a bowl filled with 3 cups of water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar for about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly under running water .
2. Place berries on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels and let them dry or carefully place in a salad spinner lined with a few layers of paper towels. Spin for 10-15 seconds or until berries are dry.
3. Store strawberries in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator. The vinegar/water mixture kills any mold spores on the strawberries and keeps them fresh longer. The vinegar does not affect the taste. (This also works for all kinds of berries blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
Yes, it really works!!
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 chopped peeled avocado*
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
salt to taste
* slightly under ripe avocados if you want them to hold shape, a ripe avocado
will give you a creamier texture
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; toss gently.
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