If you have some strawberries that are still white, you’re probably wondering if they will ripen in the fridge. Well, in today’s post, we provide an answer and offer some helpful tips on how to store your strawberries.
Will Strawberries Ripen in the Fridge?
The answer is no, strawberries won’t ripen in the fridge—or anywhere else for that matter. The reason is that, like grapes or watermelons, strawberries don’t ripen after harvest.
The technical name for this type of fruit is non-climacteric fruit. Their opposite are climacteric fruits, which ripen thanks to the production of ethylene. Non-climacteric fruits like strawberries ripen through a different process which cannot take place after picking.
As for how to store your ripe strawberries, just leave them in their original basket and place them in the fridge. This is enough if you want to consume your strawberries within 3-5 days.
If you want to store your strawberries for longer (up to five months), then drop them in a zip-top bag, seal it, label it with the freezing date, and put it in the freezer.
Regardless of the method you choose, remember to remove any moldy strawberries before storing them.
Are Strawberries Good for You?
Like most fruits, strawberries are both tasty and nutritious.
Strawberries are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and manganese.
Among other benefits, dietary fiber promotes bowel health and helps control cholesterol levels. Vitamin C, for its part, helps maintain body tissues and protects the cells. Finally, manganese helps form connective tissues and plays an important role in processes such as carbohydrate metabolism.
Other nutrients found in strawberries include the following (quantities refer to 152 grams of strawberries cut in halves):
- Folate: 36.5 mcg, 9% of DV
- Vitamin C: 89.4 mg, 149% of DV
- Vitamin K: 3.3 mcg, 4% of DV
- Potassium: 233 mg, 7% of DV
- Manganese: 0.6 mg, 29%
- Phosphorus: 36.5 mg, 4% of DV
- Dietary fiber: 3.0 g, 12% of DV
Bonus fun fact: strawberries are NOT technically berries (but cucumbers are!)
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