Are you wondering how to tell the truths from the myths regarding strawberries? Allow us to share some of the most common myths, and the real truths behind them.

Myth: Strawberries are best picked just before ripening making them last longer as they will ripen while standing

Truth: Strawberries are non-climacteric fruit. This means they cannot continue the metabolic process of ripening after plucked from the plan. As a result, the underripe berries also lack the nutrition value and flavour of fully ripe berries. Always pick strawberries at the height of ripeness. If you go berry buying or picking, look for plump, firm fruits that are a bright-red colour all over. Strawberries that have green or white spots are underripe. Those with shriveled, very dark colour, or are soft and mushy are overripe.

Myth: The bigger the strawberry, the more flavourful it will be

Truth: When it comes to strawberries, size does not indicated taste of juiciness. In fact the larger fruits are often less flavourful than smaller ones

Myth: The berries should be the same size

Truth: Strawberries sold in stores are typically big and about the same size, but this is purely a marketing tactic. These have been cultivated for high volume and transportation hardiness. They lack both the flavour and nutritional value of strawberries found at farmers’ markets or home-grown where the berries are irregularly shaped or vary in sizes. These are normally better tasting than the large and perfect fruits.

Myth: Strawberries don’t taste as good when cold, and therefore should not be refrigerated.

Truth: Refrigerating strawberries is necessary for preserving them fresh. Once you arrive home, place them in the fridge until just before you are ready to eat or cook with them. Then allow them to become room temperature. If your berries are tightly packed, place them in a larger container, allowing room between the berries.

Myth: Wash all your strawberries at once, then store them for later.

Truth: Because moisture promotes the growth of mold, only wash the quantity of strawberries that you need at the moment.  Store the remainder of the fruit unwashed to ensure that they last longer.

Myth: Strawberries contain vitamin C, but they don’t have many other health attributes.

Truth: Strawberries are nutritional powerhouses, packed with antioxidants and fibre aside from containing 152 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C. These super-fruits are also fat- and cholesterol free, and low in calories.

Myth: Strawberries have too much sugar and therefore cannot be healthy.

Truth: Carbohydrates, in the form of naturally occurring sugars, are an important part of a healthy diet and a primary source of energy. A cup of strawberries has about 11 grams of carbohydrates, about 4 percent of your daily allowance. Strawberries are also considered low-glycemic-index foods, which means they have little effect on your blood glucose levels or insulin response, unlike foods that contain refined sugars.

If you are diabetic or suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, talk to your doctor about how to incorporate strawberries into your diet in quantities that won’t negatively affect those conditions.

Otherwise, strawberries are an excellent source of a variety of nutrients and can be a fantastic addition to a healthful, disease-prevention diet.