I love strawberries! I remember going out to a local farm with my grandparents as a kid to pick strawberries. I would stand in the field, pick berries, and eat them. Every one of them. I don’t think that I ever put a berry in the flat. I ate, while Grandma and Grandpa collected the berries to take home.
To this day, I still love strawberries. I usually prefer eating them as is, one bite, then toss the green top. Maybe that is why I’ve never even taken time to notice what the berries I had been eating looked like. I rarely sliced them open. If I don’t eat them whole, someone else like Grandma prepares them for shortcake or other dessert. But what I did notice is the great variety of taste from one batch of berries to another.
Since going on the Feingold Diet, strawberries have been absent from our home. They are one of the State 1 foods that are eliminated due to naturally high salicylic content. I had promised our son that once school was finished for the year, we would begin to try all the natural foods that we had removed from his diet. Things like strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, grape and oranges. As the end of the year approached I excitedly picked up a container of organic strawberries at Costco in anticipation of trying them out as soon as school was out. I’m not sure what I was thinking since strawberries were in season locally. I was just excited and anxious. We had already tapped into the container of berries, but had a few left when we received berries in our CSA this week. These berries were local, in season, Michigan berries. Yum!
This week in our CSA email from Zilke Vegetable Farm that explains all we would be receiving I read “Be sure to bite just half way through one of these beauties and note that Michigan berries are solid, juicy red all the way through (not white and hollow like those store-bought ones!)”. I read it, but honestly didn’t really process fully. I read it but it didn’t click. Well, at least until I randomly grabbed a couple of berries from each stash (the store bought and the farm fresh ones) and started slicing them to put over the kids’ oatmeal this morning. Wow, what a difference. I had to snap a photo.
The store-bought berries where California Organic berries purchased at Costco. These are truly random samples. I didn’t hand select the greatest contrast. I just pulled a random sample from each pile. Give a look.
Well, what do you know. The store bought ones were, in fact, white and hollow inside.
So what is the white anyway? It seems that strawberries turn from white to red as they ripen. However, once they are picked that transition is ceased. So the store bought, are picked prior to reaching their peak of ripeness. I would assume since strawberries mold and soften so quickly, they would be spoiled before they get into our hands if they were allowed to fully ripen and then ship across the country.
This little enlightenment has made me determined to get out into the fields for more fresh local strawberries before the season is done.
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