From strawberries to blackberries, berries add brightness and sweet, juicy flavor to so many foods. Toss them with greens, add them to cakes or pies, or pile them over a bowl of yogurt — the possibilities are endless. While you can them in peak-season during the summer, many varieties are available in our stores throughout the year. Here are a few of our favorite varieties, plus ways to let them shine.
It's the quintessential berry of summer, but you can find them year-round. Strawberries don’t ripen off the vine, so seek out the reddest, most fragrant strawberries you can find. They're perfect for:
Plump and juicy blueberries brighten up mornings and can sweeten so much more than your morning smoothie. To find the freshest, look for a white haze covering the berry. Add to:
Fluffy pancakes deserving of a leisurely morning
A frosty pitcher of Blueberry Mint Lemonade
Your favorite bowl of granola
Sun-ripened to peak sweetness, juicy raspberries are always welcome on a fresh fruit tart or stuffed in French toast with cream cheese. Look for brightly colored and firm raspberries for the best texture and flavor. Serve them:
Layered in parfaits with yogurt and toasted pistachios
With grilled brie on a festive cheeseboard
Satisfyingly juicy and sweet with complex flavors. Look for dark, shiny berries that are also fragrant. Try adding them to:
Blackberry cobbler, topped with crème fraîche
A mojito with mint from your garden
Berries are highly perishable, so once you get them home from the store, pop them straight in the fridge. Give berries a quick rinse with cool water just before you eat them — any sooner and you’ll decrease their shelf life.