EXTENSION CONNECTION: Fill up nutritiously with strawberries

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

•In a USDA study, strawberries had the greatest total antioxidant capacity of 17 fruits and juices tested.

•Strawberries are so delicious that you can get your daily-recommended fruits and vegetables quickly. You can eat them at breakfast, lunch or dinner!

In purchasing and picking strawberries, remember that 1 pint equals 2 ¼ cups sliced berries or about 3 ¼ cups whole berries. This might be 12-36 berries, depending on size. One cup of sliced fresh berries equals one 10-ounce package of frozen berries.

Strawberries do not ripen after they’re picked, so choose plump, bright red berries with a natural sheen and fresh, green caps. Sort and remove bruised or damaged berries as soon as possible and use in sauces, purees, jams or smoothies.

To store, place berries in cool, well-ventilated containers. Fresh strawberries’ moisture content is high, so store them unwashed, uncovered or loosely covered. Careful storing and handling will maintain their maximum flavor, color and texture.

Call the UF/IFAS Okaloosa Extension office, 689-5850, if you need information on freezing berries or making jam.

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