(1) Buy strawberries that are in season locally. Look for organic or at least pesticide-free.

(2) When it comes to strawberries, bigger is usually not better. I really like the small berries that are packed with flavor.

(3) Choose berries that are fresh-looking, firm and glistening-red. The green top should still be attached.

(4) No white shoulders! Look for berries that are uniformly red. I have found that berries that are white around the top usually lack flavor.

(5) Make sure there is no sign of mold or mildew. Look through the bottom of the container to make sure all of the berries are fresh.

Try my recipe for Balsamic Strawberries with Creme Fraiche and Cracked Pepper


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