There are a number of ways to ensure
that you're buying good quality strawberries.
Dry, firm, red berries are best. Caps should be green and look fresh.
A box with stains on the bottom may indicate that some of the berries are
overripe. If the strawberries are in a plastic basket, check the bottom to make
sure none of the berries are crushed or moldy.
Avoid berries with white tops. The white indicates the berries are not ripe.
Unlike some other fruit, such as bananas, strawberries ripen only a little after
they are picked. Likewise, pale, greenish or yellowish fruit is also unripe and
may be hard and sour.
Do not buy strawberries if there is any mold on them. Mold spreads quickly on
berries, so the whole box will become moldy quickly.
Use berries within three days of buying them. Leave them unwashed until you use
them. Berries absorb water from washing, which causes them to lose flavor.
Berry Breakfast Pizza
package (7-1/2 ounces) refrigerated biscuits
1 navel orange
8 oz. light cream cheese, softened
5 t. honey, divided
2-1/2 C. fresh strawberries, halved
Heat oven to 400°F. Stack 2 biscuits, roll out to a 6-inch circle, 1/8-inch
thick. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Prick all over with fork. Repeat with
remaining biscuits to make 5 circles in all. Bake until golden, 6 to 8 minutes.
Loosen and cool slightly. Meanwhile, finely grate peel from orange. Beat into
the softened cream cheese with 3 teaspoons of the honey. Set aside.
Juice orange into a large bowl. Add halved strawberries and the remaining 2
teaspoons honey. Toss well.
Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Spread biscuits with cheese mixture to
within 1/2 inch of the edges. Bake until cheese edges brown lightly. Top with
drained strawberry halves. Serve warm.
Yield: 5 servings