Strawberries ooze with irresistible sweetness. Vivid red jewels, they are perfectly delicious eaten whole and unadorned, sliced and dusted with sugar or topped with whipped cream. Their bright flavors are also welcome in a variety of dishes.
Fresh For You Year-round
To keep fresh strawberries available year-round, Hy-Vee stocks trusted brands that deliver red fruit that is plump and juicy. One of the top companies, Driscoll’s, has its strawberries grown on family farms throughout the world. Locations are carefully chosen for soil, climate and other environmental factors that promote sweetness. In business since 1904, Driscoll’s has long been in the forefront of developing new strawberry varieties with sweet, ripe flavors.
From salsa to shortcake
Strawberries are good for more than desserts. Toss them into your favorite salad for fabulous color, texture and a touch of refreshing sweetness. Add berries to a mixture of greens, moist cooked chicken, tangy vinaigrette and blue cheese. Or create harmony by serving sliced berries on flatbread with peppery arugula leaves, tangy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios.
Some of the best salsas are made with strawberries. Dice a few berries and toss them into a mixture of chopped avocado, red onion and jalapen~o pepper. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and you’re done. The clean, fresh flavors meld nicely, making this a perfect topper for slices of roast chicken or grilled pork tenderloin.
When you’re going the sweet route, sugar the berries ever so slightly to bring out their juices. Cut them up, toss with sugar (using 1 tablespoon per pint) and let stand for 30 minutes. Spoon them onto ice cream or shortcake, and enjoy.
If you feel this is a good day to experiment with unexpected taste combinations, try pairing strawberries with balsamic vinegar. A honey and balsamic reduction used in the Berry-Brie Bruschetta, on page 22, brings out the berries’ floral notes and makes these sweet/tart appetizers perfect for most gatherings.
Rhubarb is commonly paired with strawberries in pies and crisps. The two go well together because the sweetness of the berries plays off the tart rhubarb. It’s a winning combo in the Strawberry-Rhubarb Gooey Bars, on page 19. Or serve the berry sauce over Greek yogurt.
Nut butters—almond, cashew and hazelnut—are popular for spreading on crackers or bread. Try them on strawberries because it’s a match made in heaven! The rich, hearty flavors of the butters add more depth to the taste of sweet, juicy berries.