Strawberries are distinguished by their conical heart shape as well as the texture of their skin and their flavor. All varieties of strawberries have seeds on the skin rather than skin around the seed, which distinguishes them from a berry and a true fruit. The texture of any given strawberry is tender firm when ripe with varied levels of succulence. Leaner strawberries will have a semi cottony mouthfeel while sweeter varieties with high sugar content will create a more mouthwatering experience. Flavors also range anywhere from sweet-tart to overtly syrup-sweet.
Applications Strawberries are versatile because of their varied sugar content and acidity. Wherever berries are called within a recipe, strawberries can easily be utilized. Strawberries can be used in preparations both sweet and savory, raw and cooked. They can be eaten fresh out of hand whole, sliced, pureed, cooked down into a compote or syrup, glaze and used within ice creams, gelatos, granitas, sorbets and cocktails. Complimentary pairings include, vanilla, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, watermelon, cream, yogurt, ginger, brown sugar, chiles, bacon, cheeses such as blue cheese, feta and chevre, basil, mint, lemon verbena, fennel and lavender.