Berry Picking Tips and Recipes to Sweeten Your Summer

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| Originally Published: May 11, 2012

It’s hard to ignore all of the pick-your-own and farm-stand fresh berries this time of year. They seem to shout, “Look at me! I’m beautiful! Take me home!” Tennessee strawberries burst onto the scene in National Strawberry Month in May and are followed eagerly by our succulent blackberries, plump blueberries, and sweet ruby red (and black and gold) raspberries. The berry love affair has several months to blossom. Our ample growing season yields rich opportunities for fresh-picked goodness and culinary creativity.

When visiting a berry patch, pick the ripest berries. If you have to tug at them, they are not ready. Berries don’t ripen after picking like some fruits. Eat them, bake with them, freeze them or make preserves with them quickly. They set the terms on readiness and flirt briefly with our taste buds.

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berry picking tips

Strawberries

These heart-shaped gems should not have any pale green or white tops or tips. Buy them red. Eat them red. Remember that strawberries are porous. They absorb water like a sponge. Gently rinse them just before eating. Refrigerate them until that quick rinse.

Strawberry Recipes:

Overnight French Toast With Mixed Berries

Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

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