Strawberry Picking Tips

MN Apple Orchard Blog

Now that strawberry picking season is just around the corner (and should last through the first two weeks of July), here’s some picking and storing tips!

  • Always pick the berries with the stem on.
  • Pick all the red ripe fruit, both large and small — look under the leaves, they like to hide!
  • Leave bad fruit in the row for our staff to clean.  (Did you ever notice how they walk around with ice cream buckets?) This helps reduce disease.
  • Handle fruit gently, don’t overfill your flat so you don’t bruise the berries on the bottom.
  • Refrigerate berries as soon as possible. If you can’t get them home right away, make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight.
  • Don’t wash them until you are ready to use them. Fresh berries will keep 2-3 days.

Here’s an easy way to hull berries we discovered that really reduces your processing time!  Use a metal teaspoon from your measuring set and remove the stem with a flick of your wrist.