Season: May to August

Description: Strawberries provide vitamin C, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Strawberries also provide potassium and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.

Vitamins: Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber

Selection: Choose firm, brightly colored berries with the stem attached. Avoid soft or dark colored berries as they are bruised or overripe.

Storing: In the refrigerator and use within 2 to 3 days.

Preparation: Rinse berries and remove stem.

Serving: Add to a salad or combine with other fruits for a fruit salad. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over sliced strawberries for a sweet treat.

Recipes containing Strawberries: