Strawberries reach their peak between April and July. You know the strawberries you find in plastic boxes in the grocery store during the winter? Most people will tell you that if that's all you've had, you've never really eaten a strawberry.
Fresh strawberries are bright red with yellow seeds on the surface and a green leafy cap. Besides being sweet and delicious, they're full of nutrients. One serving of strawberries -- about eight berries -- provides you with more vitamin C than an entire orange. They're also full of potassium and fiber, and loaded with antioxidants. And even though they're sweet enough to eat as a dessert, strawberries are naturally low in sugar.
Strawberries contain flavonoids, a compound researchers believe have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Flavonoids are what give berries their rich, deep colors.
Strawberries are quite fragile and perishable. Don't wash them until right before you're ready to use them.