In Season: June to July
Strawberries usually come into season in June in the Kingston area. They are such a special fruit that the market has a special event in June just to honour their arrival - the Kingston Public Market Strawberry Social. Strawberries are delicious on their own, in desserts, salads, or as preserves- although these last three options require you to make it home from the market without eating them all first! Good flavour pairings for strawberries include; cream, orange, rhubarb, chocolate, mild creamy cheese, spinach or other leaf greens and mint.
Like most berries, strawberries should be eaten with a few days of being picked. Store unwashed strawberries in a bowl in the refrigerator and cover with plastic wrap or a lid. They will keep this way for 3-4 days. Strawberries freeze beautifully so if you want to store them for longer, this is the way to go. Wash, hull and slice strawberries in half. Spread the berries out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until frozen. Transfer to a freezer bag or freezer proof container and place in freezer. Frozen strawberries will keep for 5-6 months.
Strawberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre, Vitamin C and Manganese.