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Berries should have a full red color, bright luster and firm, plump flesh.

  • Choose fully ripe berries. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked.

  • The caps should be bright green, fresh looking and fully attached.

  • Berries should be dry and clean; usually medium to small berries have better eating quality than large ones.

  • Avoid berries with large uncolored or seedy areas or those with a dull, soft look.

Strawberries: Picking

 Strawberries look better and keep longer when they are picked and handled correctly. Because they are a very tender fruit, they will bruise and discolor any time they are squeezed, so handle them gently.

Picking Pointers:

  • Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger an the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.

  • With the stem broken about inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your hand.

  • Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3-4 berries.

  • Carefully place -- don't throw -- the fruit into your containers.

  • Don't overfill your containers or try to pack down the berries.

Whether you pick strawberries from your own garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Be careful that your feet and knees don't damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of a row.

  • Remember that heaping strawberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the berries.

  • Only pick the berries that are fully red. Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries.

  • Remove berries that show rot, sunburn, insect injury or other defects and destroy them.


  • Pick berries for immediate use any time, but if you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries picked during the heat of the day bruise easily and will not keep well.

  • Keep picked berries in the shade and cool them as soon as possible after picking. Berries that have been handled carefully will keep up to three days in the refrigerator.

  • Use strawberries as soon after purchase as possible.

  • Take berries home immediately after purchase.

  • Remove the berries from their market or store container.

  • Leaving the caps on the berries, sort and gently arrange them in a single layer on a cookie sheet or other shallow container.

  • Store in the refrigerator immediately.

  • Just before serving, wash them in gently flowing cold water in a colander. Drain and remove caps by giving them an easy twist with a strawberry huller or sharp knife.


Due to the many variables, such as moisture content, size and variety, it is impossible to give specific recommendations as to quantity to buy. As a rule of thumb, 1 quart strawberries = approximately 3-3/4 cups hulled, whole berries.

One quart equals 1 1/4 pounds

One Pound equals 16 oz.



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