BERRY/PEAK AVAILABILITY CHOOSING HANDLING
Strawberries: Choose fragrant berries that are an even, Prepare as close to serving time as possible. Rinse and remove hulls
(April to June) deep red with no white tips. Avoid berries just before using.
that look mushy or moldy and cartons that
are stained, which indicate mushy berries.
Blueberries: Blueberries should look firm and plump, with Pick over berries before rinsing to remove any mushy ones and to
(June to August) an even coating of whitish "bloom" to the skin. pinch off any stems.
Raspberries: These are the most delicate berries, so check Use them the same day if possible. Rinse just before using.
(July to August) packages carefully. Raspberries should look firm
and dry with no signs of mush or mold.
Blackberries: Choose plump, firm-looking berries that are glossy The soft, edible white core remains in the berries, but pick off any (July to August) black with no whitish or purplish-red patches. bits of leaves or stems before rinsing. Rinse just before using.
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