What else can you cover strawberries with?
Types of mulch for strawberries – Both straw and chopped leaves may be used. Straw mulch is by far the more common choice for covering strawberries. Local garden centers and hardware stores often sell straw in rectangular bales for about $5-8 per bale.
A rectangular bale is enough to create a 2-3 inch thick cover over a 10-foot-long row of strawberries. Straw may be harder to find in 2021 due to the summer’s drought. If using leaves, it is best to mulch them with a lawnmower first. The smaller pieces tend to stay in place better than whole leaves. On the other hand, whole leaves create a more suitable habitat for overwintering beneficial insects like butterflies, according to the Xerxes Society.
Two to three loosely packed wheelbarrows of mulched leaves cover about 12 square feet of strawberry plants at 2 inches deep.
Why do people core strawberries?
How to Hull Strawberries and Why –
- First the why. Strawberries have a rather tough inner core. You want to remove it for the same reason you remove the tough inner core of a pineapple – it’s not pleasant to eat. Hulling strawberries takes off both the green cap of leaves and that core.
- There are 3 ways to hull a strawberry:
- The coring method – Using a knife, cut down into the strawberry from the side and aiming toward the middle. Then move the knife around the strawberry always on the side of the green cap and aiming toward the middle. Remove the plug. this works. but it also tends to take out more of the inside of the strawberry than is necessary. I know there are single-use gadgets called strawberry hullers, I have never used one, but from what I’ve read, they work OK. They suffer from the same problem as the knife coring method – they tend to take out too much of the strawberry.
- Using a straw – There are all sorts of YouTube videos claiming this method works. I tried it multiple times and it does work on small strawberries, but not on large ones.
- The 2-step slit-and-core method – This is my preferred method. Slice off the top with a small, sharp knife. After you remove the top, core the strawberry. With the top gone, you can see how much you need to remove from the center and limit your coring to the tough core.
So now that you are a strawberry expert, go out and enjoy the strawberry bounty! PS – coming up on Tuesday – A fresh strawberry and thyme bellini!
What spices enhance strawberries?
Frequently Asked Questions – What cheese goes well with strawberries? Mozzarella, goat cheese, feta cheese, cream cheese, brie cheese, and any soft cheese goes well with strawberries. What herb goes well with strawberries? Mint, coriander, basil, watercress, dill, fennel, tarragon, and rosemary are the herbs that pair well with strawberries.
- What goes well with strawberries in a smoothie? Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, mango, apple, banana, peach, and nectarine are a few fruit flavors to go well with strawberries in a smoothie.
- What goes well with strawberries in a salad? Cucumber, bell peppers, spinach, tomato, avocado, lemon, limes, red onion, coconut, rhubarb, asparagus, coriander/cilantro, lettuce, arugula, kale, plum, prune, guava, kumquat, papaya, passion fruit, and pomegranate goes well with strawberry in a salad.
What liquor goes with strawberries? Brandy, Champagne, elderflower liqueur, rum, sake, and red, rosé, and sweet white wine, amaretto, Grand Marnier are the liquor that goes well with them.
What flavor brings out strawberry?
I’m as adventurous an eater as just about anyone, but some foodie trends leave me scratching my head and wanting nothing more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But sometimes the trends become trends because they’re, well, brilliant. Such is the case with strawberries, and their new best friend, according to many gourmet chefs: black pepper. If it sounds gross, you’re not alone in that opinion. But black pepper is actually the secret ingredient in bringing out the flavor of strawberries; it does to them what salt does to meat.
What are life hacks for strawberries?
Can You Refresh Strawberries with Ice Water? – Saw this strawberry hack floating around on social media, but of course I was skeptical. You can’t believe everything you see on social media right? Here’s the idea When your strawberries start to look kind of mushy or bruised, you can soak them in a bowl of ice water for 20 minutes to revive them.