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Stem Strawberries

Apr 25, 2019

Here's a fun fact that you may not have realized you already know: strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside. Stem strawberries are custom packed to have special long stems versus a normal trim.

Appearance & Flavor
They are usually chosen to be larger and plumper than other strawberries. Their stems are cut to a minimum of two inches. Stem strawberries tend to be more red, juicy, and glossy than non-stem berries. Avoid purchasing soft, moldy, and bruised ones.

Ways to Enjoy
Strawberries are most popular dipped in chocolate, and here is a step-by-step guide on how to make your own.  Plus, they can adorn many a dessert. Another idea is to core them and fill them with compotes or cream cheese.

Availability & Origin
California grows stem strawberries year-round. Their supply is also supplemented by Florida and Mexico for the months from January to April.

Storage
More than likely, stem strawberries will come in a plastic container, which is ideal for storage since they are set-up for proper ventilation. Inspect the berries and remove any with signs of decay-those ones will affect the rest of the container. Do not wash them until you are ready to use them since water activates the breakdown process. Stored in the fridge, they should last between five and seven days.

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