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Green strawberries?

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I was just at Monterey Market (in Berkeley, CA) and saw that they are selling green strawberries. I mean, the strawberries were labeled as being green -- on purpose -- it wasn't just that they were mixed in with ripe ones. I've been training my kids not to pick them until red. Have we been missing out???

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  1. Huh? Unripe strawberries? Made me wonder too so I did a quick search. "green strawberry recipes" brought up lots of results referring to salads with ripe strawberries and green strawberry smoothies which had greens and ripe strawberries in them but I didn't see a one using unripe strawberries. Did you taste them? Is it possible there's a weird new hybrid out there that's green when ripe?

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    1. re: morwen

      I didn't even think of that. I'll have to ask next time I'm there.

      1. re: morwen

        Hey - I BOUGHT the green strawberries from MM last week, thinking they were a new hybrid. Answer: NOPE - they're just green, as in unripe, strawberries. Green, as in tart, slightly tannic, not very good. I, too, am pondering why they are selling these, but I am sure the produce buyer there has the answer. Will write back when I find out more.

      2. http://www.fruitipedia.com/green_stra...

        Not a fan but unless they were picked under ripe (and btw will never turn red) these are the only common green strawberries I'm aware of.

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        1. re: HillJ

          I wasn't aware of fruitipedia. Thanks HillJ!

            1. re: morwen

              +1 on fruitpedia being a great resource, thanks.

          1. Just saw this, so I'm a bit late to the party, but I had a delicious crudo and salad at Flour + Water in San Francisco last month that featured both green and red strawberries. The green strawberries were fantastic when served along with the red and a light dressing of oil and salt and pepper. Pics here: http://smithratliff.com/2011/04/24/sa...