Picking Strawberries

Closeup photo of fingers picking ripe strawberries with a few unripe strawberries growing on the side.Driving past local strawberry fields always brings back memories of sunshine warming my back and the sweet smell of ripe strawberries in the air. The excitement of picking strawberries lives in the fondest of childhood memories as I would dash down the field looking for the best spot with the ripest berries. There are very few things that compare to the taste of fresh strawberries and what better way to experience them than locally. Explore local Delaware farms while creating memories at one of our many U-Pick strawberry fields.

A few tips before you head out to pick strawberries…

Wear Sunblock
And why stop there, grab a hat because strawberries don’t grow in the shade.

Leave the open-toed shoes for the beach
You’ll be on a working farm and in a field so protect those toes!

Know what to pick
Pick berries that have no white on the top, they should be red to the stem to ensure they are completely ripe. Also, break the berry off by the stem, this leaves the plant healthy for the next customer and ripening berries.

Once your home
Get your berries inside where it’s cooler. Spread them out so any condensation can dry, then refrigerate ripened strawberries for 1-2 days. Do not wash until they are ready to be eaten or cooked. To prepare, rinse in a bowl of cold water to clean, but do not soak. Remove the leaves and green caps. Slice your berries as desired.

Strawberries are great eaten just as they are, but if you are looking for a recipe, try our Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle, and Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet.

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