Strawberries . How to Choose, Cook and Store Strawberries Choose: Choose fragrant strawberries that are bright in color and are free of dark or sunken spots. Avoid strawberries that have green or yellow spots. This indicates that they are unripe.
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How to Choose, Cook and Store Strawberries
Choose fragrant strawberries that are bright in color and are free of dark or sunken spots.
Avoid strawberries that have green or yellow spots. This indicates that they are unripe.
If unripe strawberries are picked off the vine, they will not ripen any further once off the vine.
Strawberries will only last a few days in the refrigerator after purchasing.
Strawberries can be frozen for up to one year.
Rinse strawberries in cold water just before eating.
This month your child had the opportunity to try strawberries as part of the Farm to School program.
A ½ cup of strawberries contains 25 calories.
Strawberries contain phenols that function as antioxidants which may help protect against cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and anti-inflammatory diseases.
Strawberries are an excellent source of manganese, Vitamin C, and a good source of Vitamin K, folate, fiber, and Vitamin B2.
The average strawberry has about 200 seeds!
94% of U.S. households consume strawberries at least once a year.
The largest strawberry in history weighed 8.17 ounces. This is about the size of a big apple!
In Belgium, there is a museum dedicated entirely to strawberries.
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Family Friendly Activity
Go strawberry picking in our area. Check out the farms below to pick-your-own fun! Make sure to call before you go!
Heritage Valley Farm (Bangor) 608-486-4020 heritagevalleyfarm.org
Hillendale Farm (Holmen) 608-386-3292
Jolivette Family Farms (West Salem) 608-786-0432
Holmen Berry Patch/Berry Corner (Holmen) 608-582-9221
Hoch Orchard and Gardens (La Crescent, MN) hochorchard.com507-643-6329
Kathan Homestead Berries (La Crescent, MN) 507-895-4633
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Sweet Corn and Kidney Bean Salad
Serves 12 (about ½ cup each)
2 cups sweet corn (fresh or thawed)
1 (15.5 oz.) can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup honey
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
½ tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
In a large bowl, combine first four ingredients. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients; combine with corn mixture and stir until well blended. Chill at least two hours to allow flavors to blend. Enjoy!
This recipe is a Foot Steps to Health Recipe providing a serving of fruit or vegetable and is 500 Club approved. For more information see www.getactivewisconsin.org