Strawberries are a naturally sweet berry. However, if purchased unripe or out of season, you may discover that strawberries lack sweetness. Sweetening them with sugar seems like a natural option, however a lot of people are trying to cut sugar out of their diet. You can use an array of healthy options to sweeten strawberries, such as using natural sweetening techniques, or adding sweeteners and serving them with other sweet fruits in a variety of combinations. (See Resources 1, 2, 3 and 4; References 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
Things You'll Need
Wash a cup of strawberries and place them in a bowl filled with water. Add 1 tsp. of salt to the bowl and let the strawberries sit for 30 minutes. Drain and serve.
Combine strawberries with dried fruits and nuts to sweeten and enhance their flavor. Serve chopped strawberries with a handful of chopped dried dates and walnuts. Add 1 tbsp. of whipped cream and serve. Dates are an exceptionally sweet natural sweetener that enhances the sweetness in the strawberries.
Prepare a strawberry smoothie. Blend strawberries in a mixer or blender with sweet fruits such as bananas and other berries, milk or yogurt.
Sweeten whole or chopped strawberries with natural sweeteners. Choose from naturally derived sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, agave syrup or barley malt. Pour any of these sweeteners according to your preference over the strawberries before serving.
Retain the sweet flavor of strawberries by washing them just before serving.
References and ResourcesMy Mommy Manual: How To Make Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Delight; February 2009
Diabetes-Diet.org: Puddings And Sweet Courses
University Of California; Strawberries: Safe Methods To Store, Preserve, And Enjoy Fruit; Linda J. Harris and Elizabeth Mitcham; April 2007
The Perfect Dessert: Mango Pulp Dessert Recipes; Andy C; October 2006
Smoothie-Recipes: Strawberry Smoothie Recipes
ResourcesBBC GoodFood: Strawberry
Natural Health Restored: Natural Sweeteners
What's Cooking America: Strawberries - Strawberry Hints & Tips Guide
NancyCreative: Sweeten Up Some Fresh Strawberries; June 2010