How to Choose the Right Strawberries: 3 Main Points to Know

Whole strawberries on a rustic white wooden table. Top view.

“This sweet and sour berry is very tasty and healthy. It contains a whole range of vitamins: A, B1, B2, E, and C. Strawberries improve eyesight, strengthen memory, stimulate the immune system, and lower cholesterol. For this “vitamin bomb” to work in your favor, you need to choose the right one,” says Yulia.

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The smell of strawberries is one of the important factors when choosing.

“Smell the strawberries – a good berry smells good. If you smell any foreign odor, it’s better not to buy it,” explains the artist.

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The main thing about strawberries is not their shape, but their color, what kind of grains they have, and what kind of roots they have.

“The most delicious berries are bright, but not dark. The tails should be dry, but easy to tear off. The grains should be immersed in the berry. But you don’t need to pay much attention to the shape,” says Yulia.

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Unfortunately, the strawberries that look perfect are almost certainly treated with chemicals, and they are the most dangerous.

“Most often, everyone chooses the perfect-looking strawberry. You shouldn’t buy one of those! They have definitely been treated with nitrates and contain many harmful substances. Also, the berries should be dry and have a natural color and appearance,” she says.

The most important thing is that Yulia recommends not abusing early strawberries, as they can be poisoned. It is better to introduce these delicious berries into your diet gradually.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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