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Lighten up your dessert routine with these easy desserts with strawberries bursting with fresh berry flavors! It’s the perfect way to celebrate spring and summer days!
Easy Desserts with Strawberries
We love to use fresh strawberries, especially in the spring and summer when we can get our hands on big, juicy strawberries from local markets.
Strawberries are great snacks and sides for breakfast and lunch. And, you can always toss a few strawberry slices in a bowl and top with a little whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy dessert.
There are also strawberry recipes for side dishes like fruit salads and other sides like our rainbow fruit salad.
Using Fresh Strawberries
We love using strawberries in desserts during the warm weather because the desserts and light and refreshing. And the bright color of the strawberries brings a brilliance to the desserts you can’t get the rest of the year.
Favorite Strawberry Desserts
If you have a sweet tooth during the summer, strawberry desserts might be a great way to satisfy your craving. Using fresh fruit can really boost a dessert
There are so many easy recipes for the best strawberry dessert. Some use pound cake, angel food cake, sour cream, cream cheese, and even Cool Whip. But the common ingredient is that they all use fresh sweet strawberries and simple ingredients for a delicious dessert! Here are some of our favorite ways to make easy desserts with strawberries. These original recipes are some of the best strawberry desserts!
- room temperature – strawberries taste best at room temperature. Remove strawberries from the refrigerator one hour before using in a dessert
- frozen strawberries – use fresh berries when you can, but substitute a bag of frozen strawberries when you don’t have access to fresh.
- lemon – use some fresh lemon or lemon zest in your strawberry desserts to add freshness and enhance the fresh strawberry flavor
- ripe strawberries – make sure you’re using ripe berries in your recipes. Overly ripe will likely fall apart and cause the recipe to be mushy or not solidify properly
How do you make strawberries last longer in the refrigerator?
When you get your strawberries, give them a good rinse in tap water. Read how to keep strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator.
Store them in a container that has a damp paper towel on the bottom. Place the strawberries on top and place in the refrigerator, leaving the top partly open.
When is Strawberry Season?
Strawberry season varies by area of the country.
I grew up and lived most of my life in Florida and our season started in February. I had friends who were strawberry farmers and was always glad to buy a flat of berries from their farm. Big juicy strawberries in February and March is a great way to start the year.
Strawberries are very sensitive and depending on the weather, the crops can stop producing or even be killed off if there’s a frost too soon in the growing season. My Florida friends dealt with this all of the time and spent many all-nighters watering their strawberry fields so they wouldn’t freeze. It makes me appreciate fresh strawberries to this day.
Now that we’re in North Carolina, our strawberry season is in May, but most of the country June is the primary month for fresh strawberries.
How do you tell if strawberries are ripe?
Strawberries are picked just as they turn red and slightly tender to the touch. If they are too firm, they’re probably not ripe enough.
How long do strawberries last?
Strawberries are a tender fruit that you need to eat soon after you bring them home. You can store them in the refrigerator and they’ll keep for about a week. But, don’t let them sit too long or they’ll quickly go soft and will eventually mold.