"Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?" asked Shel Silverstein of the wild strawberry. Wild or not, they do look like tiny creatures, with their freckly seeds and little green faux-hawks. To spot them at the market is to feel giddy, to eat them is to feel comfort. That goes for raw or cooked ones, sweet or savory ones—and the ones in any of the 18 recipes below.
Can you make it home from the farmer's market without eating all the strawberries you just bought? Us either. For those among you who can—what's your favorite way to prepare them?