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Strawberries are bright red, juicy, sweet fruits that were first bred in France. In 2009, the U.S. produced about 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries! (Read more about strawberries on Wikipedia.)

Strawberries are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese.They have also been extensively researched for their cariovascular benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Strawberries are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin C and also contain incredibly high amounts of health-promoting antioxidants. (Read more about strawberry nutrition research on World's Healthiest Foods and get your nutrition facts at

Strawberries are extremely perishable and should be refrigerated immediately. Store unwashed strawberries in the refrigerator by stacking them on paper towels (between the layers as well), in a moisture-proof container. Eat them within 48-72 hours, or freeze them. Most berries freeze nicely, and will keep up to ten months in the freezer. To freeze berries, rinse gently and dry them in a colander or on paper towels. Then, put them on a sheet pan or tray in the freezer for one hour. Once frozen, store them in a freezer bag/container. This method will prevent them from sticking to one another and makes them easier to measure out for future needs.