Strawberries taste great and are a nutrient-dense food. One cup of strawberries contains 45 calories that is high in vitamin C. Along with the vitamin C, you get antioxidants, which are nutrients that fight free radicals. Free radicals are the by-products of cells that can cause damage to the body. Strawberries also contain manganese, folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B-5 and B-6. This nutrient-dense food is versatile to use. Make healthy smoothies to drink, bake a strawberry pie or shortcake, or place fresh strawberries on your cereal.
Like many fruits, fresh strawberries do not last long, so proper storage is necessary. Store fresh berries in the refrigerator. When you get the berries home, go through and discard any bruised or soft berries. Don’t wash the berries and don’t take off the caps. Instead, pick over the berries and place them in a colander. Colanders allow the cool air to circulate the berries making them last longer. Place the berries in the refrigerator, but do not cover them. Strawberries should last at least three days and longer.
***taken from ehow.com