Picking strawberries is an art, if the strawberries are to remain bright and unbruised.
The aim is to :
break the strawberry stalk without actually touching the berry
end up with a stalk about 1 cm long attached to the strawberry
not squeeze the strawberry at all
The method of picking strawberries:
surround the strawberry with your hand, and with the fore-finger & thumb nail pinch the stalk about 1cm from where it is attached to the strawberry
twist the stalk so that it breaks off
let the strawberry roll into the cup of your hand so it rests gently in the palm
carefully place the strawberry in a bowl
do not overfill the container or the berries at the bottom will get squashed
Strawberries are very tender & bruise easily. Once bruised they will start to deteriorate and rot . Bruised strawberries loose their bright appearance and the colour darkens.
The strawberry must not be held in the fingers and pulled off the strawberry bush, because the pressure of the fingers on the berry will bruise it. It is important to pick strawberries with the hull intact by breaking the stalk!