National strawberry day
February 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Seeds on the outside, sweet on the inside - February 27 is  National Strawberry Day!

Even if these little red fruits bursting with sweet perfection aren't in season, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them today!

A gift from Chile in the 1700s, garden strawberry plants made their way to North America in the 1750s. The plant is fairly easy to grow and doesn't seem adverse to flourishing anywhere in the world. If you'd like your own homegrown strawberries this summer, make sure your plant has full sun and sandy soil - and your dogs don't eat off all the berries before you can pick a few.

If fresh strawberries aren't at their best in your grocery store, don't forget the many accessible forms you can always get your hands on. Frozen and dried strawberries can help in a pinch if you're creating in the kitchen. Strawberry preserves, ice cream, yogurt, smoothies and milkshakes are nothing to shake a stick at either.

But if you are one of the lucky folks who stumbled on some great fresh strawberries, you can whip up a strawberry pie, shortcake or even a simple dish of strawberries and cream.

We wish you a berry nice day, and strawberry fields forever.

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  1. Frank

    Better make sure they are organic or grow them yourself lest they be fumigated with methyl iodide, a proven carcinogen! YUM!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  2. AleeD®

    Mmmm, nothing better on a bright, clear, sunny day in March than a strawberry shortcake made with thick, dense country-style biscuits. Hold the whipped cream & ice cream, please. Just berries, sauce & biscuits. Yum.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:55 am |
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