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Strawberries 101: Storage and Serving Success


At California Giant Berry Farms, our farmers grow strawberries with pride and lots of love. In preparation for National Strawberry Day, we’re sharing the berry best strawberry tips. Plus, we’re in the kitchen making some of our favorite strawberry recipes!  

How to Select Strawberries

When shopping for strawberries at your favorite grocer, choose berries that are bright red in color with a natural sheen and fresh-looking green leaves (these leaves are referred to as the calyx). Strawberries don't ripen after they're harvested, so pick berries that are ripe and ready to eat!  

Did You Know?

Our growers hand-pick each berry and place them directly into the recyclable containers you pick up at the grocery store.

How to Store Strawberries

Strawberries should be kept refrigerated and stored in their original package. Strawberries stored in a cool and dry environment are best enjoyed within 3-5 days after purchase. When you’re ready to eat, just rinse your berries under cool water, pat dry and enjoy!  

Don’t forget, you can always freeze fresh strawberries. If you are unable to finish your berries, simply slice them (removing the calyx) and place the cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze the berries on an uncovered cookie sheet for at least 24 hours, then transfer for a freezer bag or container and use them later for smoothies or baked goods.

Did You Know?

Frozen strawberries are perfect for baking or smoothies and can be stored for 3-5 months!  

What to Make with Strawberries

Easy Strawberry & Bacon Naan Pizza  

Our simple naan pizza recipe highlights the versatility of strawberries, as they pair delectably with flavors of parmesan, garlic, bacon and corn atop a softened naan base. With only 15 minutes of prep time, this easy-to-make pizza is the perfect dish for busy weeknights.  

naan pizza with strawberries, corn, and bacon

Sopapillas with Crushed Pistachios & Strawberries  

Sweet strawberries to add a pop of color and flavor to the classic sopapilla dessert. Homemade whipped cream and crunchy pistachio pieces join the bright strawberries on top of the sopapilla for an unforgettable dessert.  

Sopapillas with whipped cream, strawberries, and pistachios


Burger with Strawberry Ancho BBQ Sauce   

Topped with sweet and smoky barbecue sauce made from simmered strawberries, ancho peppers and molasses, this twist on the typical burger is sure to delight with its sweet and tangy notes.   

hamburger with strawberry bbq sauce


Which recipe will you make first? Let us know below!


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