14 Ways to Celebrate Strawberry Season (& the Strawberry Moon!)

June 20, 2016

If you’ve ever been strawberry-picking, you know how amazing strawberry fields smell. On a hot, early summer day, you could get drunk off the sweet scent. Sometimes you can mimic the experience by sticking your face into a carton of strawberries, but it’s not really recommended.

Strawberries are perfect as is, and their sour punch works equally well as part of a savory dish (tip: throw them in an arugula salad to add a perfect balance to the spicy greens). However, since strawberries are such amazing dessert subjects, you might want to just hold onto them to make a sweet treat. We're refreshing a collection of some of our favorite sweet strawberry recipes in honor of tonight's Strawberry Moon—the first time it's coincided with the summer solstice in nearly 50 years.

Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawbery Streusel Cake by Sarah Jampel

Strawberry cake 

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Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb by Yossy Arefi

Rye Shortcakes on Food52


Strawberry Lime Crostata by Midge

Strawberry Lime Crostata on Food52


Strawberry Buttermilk Gelato by Posie Harwood



Pickled Strawbery Jam by Christina Tosi

Pickled Strawberry Jam on Food52


Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Lime Ice Pops by Isadora

Ice pops


Eleven Madison Park's Strawberry Gazpacho by Genius Recipes

Strawberry Gazpacho on Food52


Strawberry Ice with Condensed Milk and Whipped Cream by Amanda Hesser

Strawberry ice


Strawberry Rosé Spritzer by Merrill Stubbs

Strawberry Rose Sparkler on Food52


Strawberry Crème Fraîche Soft Serve by WinnieAb

Strawberry Ice Cream


Strawberry Balsamic and Olive Oil Breakfast Cake by indieculinary

Strawberry Breakfast Cake on Food52


Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint by Kenzi Wilbur



The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet by Genius Recipes

Strawberry Sorbet on Food52


Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart by eeshani

Strawberry Tart on Food52

This article originally ran in June 2013. We're rerunning an updated version of it in honor of the Strawberry Moon. 

You have a pint of fresh, perfect strawberries. What do you do with them? Tell us in the comments.

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  • AntoniaJames
  • WHB
  • MelissaH
I put chocolate chips in 95% of the things I make and am a strong proponent for lunch dessert.


AntoniaJames June 20, 2016
I just posted a cheat code for those of you who pick your own berries, of any kind: ;o)
WHB June 20, 2016
Deb Perelman's Strawberry Summer Cake is always fabulous. It's the first thing I make with local strawberries.
MelissaH June 3, 2014
This spring is slow in coming, and all the produce is running behind. Strawberry plants were only blossoming about a week ago in my area, so it's a bit before we get berries yet. Oh, how you tease me!