You Should Never, Ever Throw Away Strawberry Tops
Attention strawberry lovers: You’ve been eating your favorite fruit all wrong.
Up until now we’ve always been taught to think that every fruit has a part that you shouldn’t eat: watermelon seeds, apple cores, orange peels, banana skins, grape stems, strawberry leaves – the list goes on and on. And while there might be a great deal of stigma around indulging in the not-so-delicious parts of our favorite fruits, for the most part they are all safe to eat.
Strawberries are no exception to that rule. In fact, not only are the tops safe to eat, they’re healthy and very flavorful. But if you aren’t ready to eat it whole just yet, saves those tops! With some inspiration from The Kitchn, we’ve got some ideas that’ll make you wish you’d been doing this your whole life.
Blend Them Into Smoothies
Run out of kale? Just throw the whole strawberry in the smoothie and you’ve got some extra vitamins. The leaves contain tannins, which is an organic substance that binds to other foods and help with digestion, according to Livestrong. Simply adding them to your favorite smoothie recipe could relieve some lurking digestive issues.
Infuse Your Water
Instead of tossing those tops, drop them in a cup of water and let them soak. It’s the bougie drink all of your yoga-obsessed friends swear by, and now you know why: The punch of fruity flavor will help you guzzle down the right amount of water you need to stay fully hydrated.
Flavor Your Favorite Liquor
Make alcohol even better by putting these little blasts of berry flavor into a cup of your favorite clear liquor (vodka, gin, rum) and letting them sit for two days. The concoction will come out pink and strawberry flavored. Mmm!
Punch Up Vinegar
Looking for a healthy alternative to thousand island dressing? Put those tops into vinegar for about an hour and you’ve got yourself a fresh strawberry-infused salad topper. Now that’s delish.