Here in Minnesota, June is our big strawberry picking season. Each year, people head to local strawberry farms to pick strawberries to make into jam, freeze for later use, or to enjoy a big bowl of fresh picked berries. This year I ordered a couple of boxes of strawberries (already picked) from a local strawberry farm and had my mom join me in the kitchen to help stem berries.
Did you know there is a way to cleanly de-stem (remove the green top-also called hulling) a strawberry?
Most people chop off the top of their strawberries, wasting much of the good fruit they could be eating.
With a paring knife, pierce the strawberry just under the green leaves and cut in a circular motion. This is an easy way to keep as much of the fruit as possible.
Strawberries, unfortunately, are part of the “Dirty Dozen” list meaning, it’s very difficult if not impossible to remove pesticides from them. We encourage our readers to either grow their own strawberries or purchase organic strawberries.
For more strawberry tips and recipes, check out our strawberry section on page 233 of our book “Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®.”