California Stem Strawberries
Large long-stem strawberries will be in strong supply this Spring season, and supplies
should extend into the summer. Most strawberry shippers provide long-stems in padded
clamshell containers. Some offer tubs of chocolate with the giant strawberries, which
are suited for dipping. One thing is certain; long-stem strawberries will be abundant
this season, with new varieties producing larger fruit. The Camarosa variety grown in
southern California, produces loads of the large berries used for long-stem packs.
Long-stem strawberries are still a specialty item, but they now are offered throughout
the season. Long-stem strawberries are sold at a higher price than regular strawberries
because they must be searched for in the strawberry field. Harvesters long for extra-large
strawberries with long, firm stems.
Stem California strawberries add great flavor, beautiful color and nutritional value to a
variety of dishes that fit the latest menu trends. From decadent desserts to healthful
breakfasts to blended beverages, California stemmed strawberries are sure to liven up any
part of your menu.
The Strawberry Commission reports that strawberries contain about 20% of the folic acid
people need each day. As part of the 5-A-Day program suggested by the American Cancer
Institute, strawberries also are touted as a means of reducing the risk of cancer and heart
Stem strawberries, like most other berries, won't ripen any further once picked. Nothing
you can do at home will make a green berry ripen. And once the berry cap is pulled, it will
deteriorate very quickly. You can hold ripe stem strawberries in the refrigerator a day or
two and still have good healthy berries, but the best thing to do is to eat them the day you
Just as important: store the stem berries untouched. Never, ever wash or remove the cap or
stem until you're ready to eat the berry. Just wash with a gentle spray of cool water and enjoy.
When selecting stem strawberries, look for bright, deep red, glossy berries with fresh green
caps, leaves, and stems. They should also be dry. Stem berries come in a clear container,
so look to see that there are no red stains or seepage showing. And, of course, stay away
from berries that have turned dull and bluish. They're goners.
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