Berry Basics


Sort berries after purchase and use the softest ones immediately. To extend the storage life of the remaining berries, spread in a single layer on a plate, then cover loosely with plastic wrap.

Blackberries – The deep purplish-black color of blackberries is a clue that they’re packed with healthy antioxidants. They’re also high in vitamin C and fiber, and may have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties as well.

Blueberries – These purple favorites grow on shrubs and keep better than many berries, lasting up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Look for plump, firm berries that are covered in a silvery protective coating called a bloom. Anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for their deep purple color, also contributes to blueberries having one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit.

Raspberries – As the most delicate of all berries, raspberries require a little extra TLC, and you’ll want to eat them as soon as possible after purchase. The extra care is worth it: A flavor-packed powerhouse of nutrients that includes vitamin C, folate, potassium and manganese, a fully-ripe raspberry practically melts in your mouth.

Strawberries – With more than 600 wild and cultivated varieties, these brilliant red jewels are the world’s most popular berry. Buy strawberries with green stems (which you can remove just before washing). For best flavor, let the strawberries reach room temperature before eating. A single serving, which is about eight strawberries, contains nearly as much vitamin C as an orange.