How to Choose the Sweetest Strawberries
Going grocery shopping? Why not indulge in a healthy dessert? Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants. They rank the fourth highest in antioxidants out of all the fruits, beaten only by blackberries, cranberries and raspberries. Antioxidants play an important role in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. Research studies have shown that the diverse phytonutrients in strawberries actually work together in a synergistic fashion to provide multiple cardiovascular benefits reducing the risk of developing high blood pressure. So be sure to take advantage of these delicious, antioxidant-packed fruits.
What to look for: Choose strawberries that are firm, plump, deeply red and shiny, with their green caps attached. Unripe strawberries should not be purchased, since they do not ripen after they are picked. Many growers fill their strawberries with water to grow bigger berries, sacrificing flavor and nutrition. For optimal quality, choose medium-sized berries since they generally contain less water and have a sweeter flavor. Lastly, check that your strawberries exude a sweet, enchanting aroma since a strong fragrance is an indication of deliciousness.
What to avoid: Avoid green/pale pink unripe berries that are hard to the touch as well as moldy, squishy overripe ones.
Storage: Strawberries only keep for a few days after being purchased, so they should be consumed within one to two days for maximum freshness and nutrition. They can be stored for a short while longer in your fridge. Strawberries can be kept frozen for up to six months. Sprinkling them with lemon juice prior to freezing will help them retain their beautiful crimson color.
More: To learn more about the secrets of selecting fruits and vegetables in the store, check out my iPhone/Android app, Quality Produce. If are tired of stringy avocados, sour grapefruits, and flavorless peaches, then you will love the Quality Produce App. With over 50 edible fruits, vegetables, and greens covered in great detail, this tool will help you choose the ripest, sweetest, and freshest produce every time without fail! Plus, the audio function allows one to listen as well as read right in the store. For those of you who do not own a smartphone, this item is now available as an e-book.
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