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Is there such thing as a good tasting strawberry?

I buy strawberries all the time, thinking they will taste good and they almost never do. Can you only buy them at a certain type of year? Pls help. I'm craving them.

Fri. Mar 14, 9:28am

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grow your own. :-)


Friday, March 14, 2008, 9:39 AM

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Where I live, they only taste good in June. And in June they taste AMAZING!

But outside of the growing season, I don't bother....

Friday, March 14, 2008, 9:42 AM

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Yes - when they have to be shipped for some distance they have to be picked before they are ripe and this means the fruit has to ripen in a truck and the stockroom of a grocery store rather than on the vine. The full potential of the fruit and the naturally occuring sugars are not as intense when they develop without sunlight and nutrients from the plant. Buy them when they are in season in your area.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 9:49 AM

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Yep. Buy in June, or early July if you are in the northern US or Canada.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 10:26 AM

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actually i bought a huge container from costco last week. they were enormous strawberries (on steroids huge), and they were the sweetest juiciest strawberries i have had in ages. i'm back for more today.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 10:27 AM

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Go to your local farmer's market. Even right now, the strawberries are very good compared to the stuff you get at a store during late spring/summer.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 11:08 AM

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Northeast. Our's have been yummy! I get our organic at whole foods.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 11:19 AM

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Costco's strawberry's are usually great. Juicy and taste like strawberries should.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 12:05 PM

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If you can find a place that grows them and u pic them it is the best. but otherwise I find it to be hard to find good ones except in the season

Friday, March 14, 2008, 4:00 PM

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Make sure to buy organic - they taste way better! And yep, the other posters are right on about growing your own and the season. Good luck, hope you find one!!

Friday, March 14, 2008, 4:05 PM

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I'd agree with the organic strawberries being better than regular strawberries, but i also strongly agree with the fresh and ripe comments.

If you can't grow your own, look around online to see if there is a pick-your-own patch near you. you can go out and choose the ripest strawberries straight off the plant, guaranteeing the freshest, ripest fruit possible (generally at a fraction of the price of store-bought). Strawberries freeze really well, so you can go crazy picking them. I generally puree the really ripe ones to use in strawberry sauces for meats (chicken takes it well), and either freeze the rest whole (laid out on sheet pans in the freezer, then moved to freezer bags), or slice them up and freeze them (same way).

frozen strawberries are the thing for smoothies. no ice needed, just chuck them in still frozen.

i will say that the texture goes soft after freezing, so don't expect the firm mouth feel of fresh strawberries.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 4:54 PM

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my mom grows strawberries and even though they aren't as big and red as grocery store strawberries, they are phenomenal to eat. my kids stuff themselves with them.

Saturday, March 15, 2008, 12:46 PM

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I too agree about the Costco strawberries---yummy!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008, 1:56 PM

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You can make them sweeter, if that is your complaint by slicing them and adding some balsamic vinegar and a bit of sugar or artificial sweetner (just a teaspoon of regular sugar will work for an entire pint). You have to let them sit in the fridge for an hour before you eat them.
My son and I eat strawberries, au natural or prepared with the vinegar depending on how they taste, from now into May. There is nothing better!

Friday, March 21, 2008, 4:57 PM

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