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Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring. A long harvest season and many varieties mean that these red jewels are available through the summer in many parts of the country. Learn more below and try these super-easy recipes when you have had your fill of plain, fresh, ripe strawberries.

All About Strawberries
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring and early summer. Perfectly ripe strawberries are best eaten out of hand, but also make great additions to salads and plenty of desserts. Find great ideas for using strawberries below.

How to Hull Strawberries
See how to hull (remove the stem) strawberries with this step-by-step guide.

Washing Strawberries
Should you wash strawberries? What's the best way to wash them? Get answers about washing strawberries here.

How to Store Strawberries
You've bought beautiful ripe, in-season, local strawberries – now how should you store them to keep them best?

Arugula Strawberry Orange Salad
Peppery, crisp, and sweet—a perfect spring salad.

Easy Strawberry Sauce
Turn fresh strawberries into an Easy Strawberry Sauce by adding just a bit of sugar and time.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
A dip in chocolate turns fresh strawberries into a lovely dessert.

Homemade Strawberry Soda Pop
Fresh strawberries, a bit of sweetener, club soda or seltzer water, and you have delicious, refreshing, homemade soda pop.

Strawberry Almond Smoothie
This strawberry almond smoothie makes a quick and tasty breakfast-on-the-go or a healthful dessert through spring and summer.

Strawberry Cornmeal Shorcakes
These easy strawberry shortcakes are made with sweet cornmeal biscuits, giving them just a bit of crunch, texture, and nutty flavor.

Strawberry Chocolate Shake
Frozen strawberries and chocolate milk make a quick, relatively low-fat shake.

Strawberry Fool
Tangy strawberries and luscious whipped cream make a simple yet elegant classic English dessert - strawberry fool - in a snap.

Strawberry Hazelnut Goat Cheese Salad
Tangy goat cheese, juicy strawberries, and earthy hazelnuts are joined with a honey mustard balsamic dressing in this easy spring and summer salad.

Strawberry Ice Cream
This Strawberry Ice Cream is super easy to make (no cooking!) and tastes of fresh summer strawberries.

Strawberry Poblano Salsa
Mild and crunchy poblano chiles (also sold as pasillas) paired with sweet strawberries and zesty spring onions make this salsa a real crowd-pleaser.

Strawberry Ricotta Muffins
Baking doesn’t get much easier than muffins filled with roasted strawberries.

Strawberry Smoothie
Whirl fresh berries into a smoothie.

Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm
Picking your own strawberries can be fun and economical.See what to expect at a visit to a strawberry u-pick farm.

Strawberry Varieties
Learn about the size, color, and flavor of different varieties of strawberries.

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