The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to wash their strawberries and other fruits and vegetables before using.
The department said that a common misconception is that strawberries have a high water content.
It is actually the opposite, according to a statement issued by the agency.
“As many consumers have been told, strawberries contain only a trace amount of water.
The actual water content of strawberries varies greatly depending on the fruit, ripening conditions and the season,” the statement said.
“The USDA does not recommend or advocate for washing strawberries before eating them.
As a result, it is important to check the labels on your fruits and veggies before purchasing them.”
The USDA said that most strawberries have no more than 1 to 3 percent water in their pulp, meaning that if you eat a strawberry with the pulp removed, it will be very, very dry.
Water content of all fruits and greens is very much related to the water content in the fruit.
For example, most tomatoes contain about 3 to 5 percent water, while blueberries contain about 6 to 9 percent water.
If you want a strawberry that has a high amount of moisture, it’s best to buy a variety that has water content between 1 and 5 percent, according the USDA.
The agency also said that if your strawberries are too dry, you may need to use a wet-dry method to make them taste good.
The USDA recommends you soak a strawberry in hot water for 20 minutes before using it in a recipe.
That way, you can taste the difference between fresh strawberries and the watery ones.
“Most people think strawberries taste best when they’re fresh, but that’s not true.
They can also be very watery when they’ve been in storage,” the USDA said.
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