Legend has it that if you break a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you will fall in love with each other. Well, whether you're seeking love or lust on Valentine’s Day, strawberries and champagne should help you on your quest. Exploding with flavor, strawberries are a wonderful fruit. The delicate heart-shaped berries have an aura of purity, passion and healing. Cover them with some chocolate and you have an irresistible treat sure to win her over. Wash it down with some champagne and you will be hanging from the tree of life. Game over!
The strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart shape and red color. “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did." (Dr. William Butler, 17th century English writer) Strawberries are among the best of the berries.
Ripe strawberries are eaten whole, sliced or crushed. Add some sugar and you have a wonderful sauce that you can put on ice cream. Add some wine and you've just created "Drunken Strawberries." Strawberries go great with cheese plates and are wonderful in smoothies.
Strawberries are available year round, but are best during their peak season from April to July.
How To Select Strawberries
Look for strawberries that are bright, red and shiny. Dull, red berries mean they are overripe. They should smell fruity and sweet and be firm without and soft spots or bruises. Remember to check the entire container of strawberries for moldy, dull or bruised fruit.
Size Can Matter
Generally the size of the strawberries doesn’t indicate how sweet and flavorful they are. However, very large strawberries tend to be less flavorful.
Fresh strawberries are best consumed the day of purchase, because they are highly perishable. They should not be exposed to warm temperatures or sunlight and should be used within 2-3 days. Keep them in the refrigerator or they can be frozen to prevent spoiling.