Summer: The perfect time to cook less and enjoy nature's bounty. But these 6 summer fruits aren't just in season—they also pack surprising health benefits. (Plus, we've got pointers on how to pick out the best of the bunch.)
Practically irresistible, strawberries contain ellagic acid, a compound that has antiviral, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic qualities. Peak season for these little berry powerhouses is typically April through June.
Buying and Storing: Strawberry caps should be green and fresh-looking. The berries should be firm and bright red all the way up to the shoulders (the less white the better). Store unwashed and loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Serving: Replace the jam in your PB&J with sliced fresh berries; dip the fruit into Nutella for an easy "chocolate-covered" treat; or make a spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese and toasted pecans.