Strawberries

Even though they’re plentiful in supermarkets year-round, nothing beats the flavor of a juicy, sun-ripened strawberry in season.

What you get: A 1-cup serving of strawberries provides more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. In addition, strawberries are low in calories and provide plenty of fiber, some potassium and several powerful antioxidants, such as anthocyanin and proanthocyanidins, which promote heart health and may promote optimal brain functioning.

Shopping tips: Strawberries do not ripen further after picking. Therefore, it is important to choose bright red berries, as white- or green-tipped strawberries are lacking in flavor. Don’t overlook the little ones — small strawberries are often sweeter than their big brothers.

Storage tips: Refrigerate strawberries immediately. Wash the berries gently in cool water just before you plan to eat them, leaving the caps on until after they are washed.

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