National Strawberry Month

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Strawberry Sauce

May is known as National Strawberry Month. Strawberries are grown year-round, but the peak season is April through July. A cup of this sweet goodness is only 50 calories, contains 3 grams of fiber, and has 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. You can enjoy the fruit as is, or freeze and save for later. Here is a great recipe to make a strawberry sauce to be used for pancakes, waffles, or as a topping for a yogurt dessert.

Berry Sauce


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 TBS. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups berries, sliced


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together water, cornstarch, sugar, and 2 cups of berries. Mash berries if desired.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sauce starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in remaining berries. Mash if desired.
  4. Serve over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or yogurt.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours, for up to a week.

**To freeze the sauce, replace the cornstarch in the recipe with Clearjel, a special type of cornstarch.

Recipe courtesy of Food Hero.

Be sure to check out this video on how to choose, clean, and store strawberries.

Check out your local tailgate markets or produce stands for the freshest strawberries!

Written By

Janet Bryan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJanet BryanEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant Call Janet Email Janet N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center
Updated on Apr 28, 2021
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