The perfect summer fruit is here and we're berry, berry excited
Strawberries are here! We can't wait to be sat in the garden, a bowl of strawberries at the ready, the sun beaming down on us – we can dream right?
British strawberry season has officially begun, which means it's time to be picky and choosy, whether you're heading to the supermarket, or going to a good old-fashioned Pick Your Own.
Let common sense prevail and choose the freshest, shiniest fellows with bright green caps. Strawberries don't ripen after they've been picked, so avoid anything looking a bit white. Remember that bigger isn't always better, and there'll often be more flavour in the smaller strawberries because they aren't diluted with so much water.
Store them in the fridge, unwashed and unhulled, and ideally on a single layer of kitchen paper to avoid them becoming a mushy mess. Strawberries will happily keep in the freezer for up to six months: just hull them and throw them into a sandwich bag.
When they're ready to hull, watch the video below – it's one of the simplest ways we've ever come across.
Eat them as they are: raw and perfect. Or check out some of these delicious ideas …
Let's kick things off with a gorgeous strawberry daiquiri. There's nothing like that beautiful shade to say that summer must be nearly here. Go alcohol-free by swapping the rum for lemonade and you're away.
Strawberry oat squares
These are nothing short of magnificent. They're gluten-free, easy on the refined sugar and a quick swap from egg to banana upgrades them to vegan. Plus, they are completely delicious.
Strawberry cheesecake swirl brownies
Oh heavens. Strawberry jam swirled into brownies and then drizzled with a strawberry glaze? We can't wait to try these.
Strawberry frozen yogurt
Making your own frozen yogurt might be one the most satisfying things of all time. Looks impressive but it's so very simple.
Strawberry and Nutella French toast roll-up
Well these are just dangerously easy to make. Perhaps the most indulgent breakfast of all time, we'll definitely be making these decadent Nutella French toast roll-ups.
Strawberry fruit roll-ups
What?! Remember those amazing fruit roll-ups that made you lose your mind if you found one in your lunch box? Turns out you can make your own, without any of the guilt of eating a processed version. It's just strawberries, lemon and sugar.
Strawberry mascarpone tart
Look at those colours! What a dessert to whip out at a summer party. This strawberry tart is a thing of beauty.
Strawberry balsamic chicken
Bit of an unusual one, but we can testify that a strawberry, mozzarella and basil caprese makes an amazing addition to balsamic chicken.
Sea salt chocolate stuffed strawberries
Sure, sure, you need a mini melon baller or a tiny spoon, and you have to scoop the insides out of some strawberries, but look at them! They're adorable.
Strawberry and cream muffins
Yes please! We can't wait to try these strawberry and cream muffins, warm and straight out of the oven. Perfect.
If you're feeling really adventurous, why not have a go at strawberry bread? Very delicious, and this is recipe is even vegan.
Strawberry scones with lemon glaze
Warm strawberry scones, fresh from the oven and then drizzled with lemon glaze. Can you think of anything more delicious?
Nutella strawberry tart
Yes, yes. Another Nutella recipe, but how could we resist? Nutella + strawberries + shortbread crust = the perfect pie.