If you live in Oregon, you know that all it takes to prepare a strawberry to eat is to give it a quick rinse, then pinch the green off. Oregon strawberries are red in the middle and all the way to the top. That’s because our farmers grow varieties bred for their exceptional flavor, not for withstanding traveling long distances.
Oregon’s mild climate is ideal for growing the juiciest, sweetest, reddest strawberries. Our long spring with lots of rain, warmer days and cool nights is just what strawberries need to grow slowly and ripen in the field.
The majority of Oregon strawberries are quickly frozen or dried, to be used as a star ingredient in many other foods you enjoy, from jams and syrups, to ice cream, beverages and baked goods. You really can enjoy Oregon strawberries all year long. For the next month put fresh Oregon berries on your grocery list and taste the heart of summer.
Here is a recipe kids of all ages can make for super simple recipe for strawberry swirl from Food Hero
1 cup fresh or frozen Oregon strawberries, thawed
1 cup (8 ounces) apple juice or cider
1.Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
2.Serve, or freeze for 1 to 2 hours to make a slushy.
3.Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
If you don’t have a blender, mash strawberries with a fork. Add juice and beat with an egg beater until fairly smooth.