Strawberries

Strawberries were originally used medicinally, especially the leaves, which were made into poultices.

They are perennial plants, meaning you one plant yields multiple harvests, and are productive for about 5 years. They aren’t technically berries, as the seeds are on the outside, and are members of the rose family!

Strawberries are native to North America as well as the Old World, and were said to have been growing in large quantities along the St. Lawrence River in the 16th century. By the 17th century, they were cultivated in England as well.

Pick Your Own only:

  • Veestar
  • Annapolis

Retail:

  • Cavendish
  • Governor Simcoe
  • Kent
  • Startime
  • G19
  • MicMac
  • Honey Eye
Strawberries are a source of Vitamin C, potassium, and fibre.

They’re also low in calories.

Look for red berries, with no white or green spots.

Avoid packs with crushed berries or that appear juice-stained.

When picking your own, do not squeeze the berries, but pick from the stems.

Strawberries can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 days, or up to 12 months in the freezer.

Refrigerate unwashed berries with hulls intact in a single layer, lightly covered.

Freeze whole or sliced in a single layer for 1 hour, then tightly pack in a freezer bag and seal.

Use strawberries in sauces, ice creams, and baked goods.

Wash with cold water before using, but avoid soaking!

Pat dry gently with paper towels and hull.

bowl of strawberries
Seasonal Availability
June and July

Nutrition per 7 strawberries (84 g):

Nutrient Value
Calories 27
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrates 6 g
Total Sugar 4 g
Total Dietary Fibre 1.9 g
Calcium 13 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Potassium 129 mg
Magnesium 11 mg
Vitamin C 49 mg

Provided by Health Canada