Frequently Asked Berry Questions
You might be surprised at some of the questions we get asked about California strawberries. Or maybe you have a few of your own. Either way, here are the answers to some of the questions we hear most. For a chuckle or two, check out the funniest questions we've ever been asked below. If you have a favorite story about strawberries, please share it by contacting us!
What's the best way to store strawberries?
For strawberries to stay fresh, do not wash them right away. Store them in a large container with a dry paper towel at the bottom. Separate the berries by layering them with paper towels to maximize freshness. Just before using, wash strawberries with the caps attached under a gentle spray of cool water. For best flavor, allow strawberries to reach room temperature before serving
Can I freeze strawberries?
In a saucepan, mix equal amounts of sugar and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool the mixture completely. Measure one cup of stemmed and sliced strawberries into a pint sized freezer bag. Pour one-half to two-thirds of a cup of the sugar water mixture into the bag... just enough to completely cover the strawberries. Seal and freeze the bag in a single layer. Because the moisture content of strawberries varies throughout the season, it's recommended that home frozen strawberries be used in beverages and sauces, not in recipes where liquid variations could make a difference. (Commercially frozen strawberries are consistent in texture and density.)
How Many Seeds Are on a Strawberry?
On the average, there are 200 tiny seeds on every strawberry.
Do Small Berries Taste Better Than Large Ones?
Flavor is influenced by growing conditions (i.e., weather), stage of ripeness when harvested, and the variety. Size is not a factor in determining flavor.
How Much Vitamin C is in Strawberries?
Eight medium-sized strawberries contain 93 percent of the U.S. RDA for Vitamin C. In addition, strawberries are good sources of folic acid, potassium and fiber. Studies have shown that expectant mothers should consume 400 micrograms of folate daily to help prevent neural tube birth defects. Potassium and fiber are fundamental parts of a healthy diet. Best of all, strawberries are also fat-free and low in calories (only 45 calories per serving).
Funniest Questions We’ve Ever Been Asked:
- Can you send me a picture of a strawberry tree?
- What are those things on the outside of strawberries that look like seeds?
- What does a stem berry look like?
- Can you send me a branch from a raspberry bush?
- Is Sweet-N-Low applied to fresh strawberries before they go to market to maintain their sweetness?