❁ Choose shiny, firm strawberries with a bright red color. Berries at room temperature should smell like strawberries. Attached green caps help berries stay fresh longer.
❁ Choose local berries when possible. They may be riper and more flavorful. Peak season is May, June and July. Smaller amounts are also available through September.
❁ Avoid dull, shriveled, mushy or moldy berries.
❁ Size of the berry doesn’t matter. Small berries can have great flavor.
❁ Frozen berries may be a good choice for best flavor when strawberries are not in season. Look for those with no sugar added.