Tomatoes, corn and strawberries, are best consumed on the same day that they are picked. The longer they sit, the more they lose flavor. Put them in the refrigerator, then you might as well kiss all their natural sweetness goodbye.
So when a good friend dropped off a flat of freshly picked strawberries early one morning, my daughters and I immediately pounced on them. They were still a bit warm from the field and just oozing with sweetness! I think the best way to eat them is in their raw, unadulterated state. I think we ate a whole pound in the first few minutes after that flat hit our kitchen table.
Sure, strawberries are great made into jams, pies, ice cream and other dishes but nothing beats their flavor when they are eaten raw and at the peak of freshness. So on the first day that we received them, we ate strawberries all day, starting with brunch.