# How many whole strawberries is a cup?

Strawberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed fresh or incorporated into a variety of recipes. When baking or cooking with strawberries, recipes will often call for a specific measurement like “1 cup of sliced strawberries.” But how many whole, fresh strawberries does it take to make a cup?

The answer depends on the size of the strawberries. Strawberries can vary significantly in size based on the variety and time of year. Large, juicy berries in the peak of summer could be 2-3 times bigger than small early season berries. When berries are very small, it could take 5-6 berries to make a tablespoon. With big, plump berries, on the other hand, you may only need 2-3 berries for a tablespoon.

So the number of whole strawberries in a cup can range quite a bit. Here is a look at some general guidelines:

### Small Strawberries

If the strawberries are on the smaller side, about 1 inch long, you would need approximately 18-24 berries to make 1 cup. This is about 1 cup sliced.

### Medium Strawberries

For medium-sized strawberries around 1.25-1.5 inches long, you would need about 12-18 berries to equal 1 cup.

### Large Strawberries

With bigger, juicy strawberries around 2 inches long, you would only need approximately 8-12 berries to make a cup.

The chart below summarizes the approximate number of whole strawberries per cup based on berry size:

Strawberry Size Number of Berries Per Cup
Small (1 inch) 18-24
Medium (1.25-1.5 inches) 12-18
Large (2 inches) 8-12

As you can see, berry size can make a big difference! When a recipe calls for a cup of strawberries, it’s best to take an average of the berries you have on hand. If the berries are on the smaller side, skewer toward the higher end of the ranges listed. For big, juicy berries, use the lower numbers.

## Determining Strawberry Size

When you are working with fresh strawberries, use these simple steps to estimate the size:

### 1. Select 5-10 representative strawberries

Don’t just look at the biggest monsters or tiniest berries – pick a nice sampling of what you have.

### 2. Line them up side by side

Arrange them in a line, all facing the same direction. This allows you to easily compare lengths.

### 3. Measure across the group

Use a ruler to measure across the full line of berries from stem to tip.

### 4. Divide by number of berries

Take the total length and divide by the number of berries you lined up. This gives you an average length.

### 5. Use the size chart

Compare your average length to the small, medium and large sizes listed above. This will tell you about how many whole berries you need per cup.

You may also simply measure the length of one average sized berry. Just be sure to choose one that represents the group, not an outlier.

## Weight Versus Volume

Another approach is to weigh the strawberries instead of relying on volume measurements. There are a few advantages to using weight:

### More precise

The weight of any given volume will vary based on how the berries are sliced and how densely they are packed. Weighing gives an exact measurement unaffected by those variables.

### Accounts for differences in density

Berries can have slight differences in density and water content. Weighing automatically adjusts so that denser berries count for more than airy ones.

### Easier to scale

If you want to adjust a recipe to make more or less, it’s simpler to multiply the weight than try to convert between different volume units.

So for the most accuracy, you could determine the number of whole strawberries per cup by weighing a cup of sliced berries. Here are some general weight equivalents:

Volume Weight in Grams Weight in Ounces
1 cup sliced strawberries 152 grams 5.4 ounces
1⁄2 cup sliced strawberries 76 grams 2.7 ounces
1⁄4 cup sliced strawberries 38 grams 1.3 ounces

You can use these numbers as a guide. Just weigh out the desired weight of sliced berries and count how many whole ones it took to get there. This will give you the most precise count.

## Do Strawberry Sizes Affect Nutrition?

When it comes to nutritional value, berry size has minimal impact. All strawberries, whether tiny wild ones or huge hybrids, provide the same nutrients.

Here are some of the top nutrients found in 1 cup of strawberries (152 grams):

Nutrient Amount
Vitamin C 85.1 mg
Folate 36.2 mcg
Manganese 0.4 mg
Potassium 233 mg
Magnesium 17.0 mg
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg
Vitamin K 2.9 mcg

As you can see, strawberries provide 150% of the RDI for vitamin C per cup. They are also an excellent source of manganese and a good source of folate, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals.

These nutrients are equally concentrated in berries of all sizes. So you will get the same nutritional bang for your buck no matter how big or small your individual berries are.

The only exception would be if you were eating whole berries with stems intact. Since the stems are not as nutrient-dense, leaving them on a proportionately bigger berry would reduce the overall nutrient content per ounce. But for sliced berries, size does not affect the nutrition profile.

## Tips for Preparing Strawberries

Once you know approximately how many berries you need, here are some tips for prepping them:

### Rinse and dry

Always wash strawberries just before using them. Run them under cool water and gently rub each one to remove any grit or residues. Dry them thoroughly with paper towels or a salad spinner so extra water doesn’t throw off any volume or weight measurements.

### Remove caps

Pull out the green caps from each berry. The caps are not tasty to eat. Removing them also allows you to pack more sliced berry flesh into a measuring cup.

### Slice vertically

For even cooking and the best texture, slice each berry vertically. This means cutting from the tip straight down to the stem end.

### Cut pieces similarly

Try to slice all the berries into approximately equal sized pieces. Uniform pieces will cook and meld together best.

### Gently pack

Once cut, gently place the sliced berries into the measuring cup without mashing them down. Fill up to the desired volume. For weighing, place the cut berries directly into the bowl of a food scale.

### Avoid overfilling

It may be tempting to overfill the cup or press down hard when packing the berries. But this can lead to spillover once the fruit starts releasing juices during cooking or baking.

Using these simple preparation tips will help ensure your strawberries retain their shape, texture, and juiciness in recipes.

## How Many Strawberries in Different Serving Sizes?

Besides the number of whole strawberries in a cup, it can also be helpful to know berry counts for other common serving sizes:

### 1 pound of strawberries

There are about 18-30 whole medium strawberries in 1 pound. Expect on the lower end if the berries are especially big.

### 1 pint of strawberries

With smaller berries, 1 pint equals around 12-20 whole strawberries. For larger berries, a pint may hold 8-16.

### 1 quart of strawberries

One quart of medium-small strawberries is about 24-40 whole berries. Large berries may give you 16-32 per quart.

### 1 serving = 7 medium berries

A standard 1 cup serving is approximately 7-10 medium whole strawberries. This portion provides around 50 calories and over 100% DV for vitamin C.

## Storing Strawberries

To keep strawberries fresh as long as possible:

### – Store unwashed

Don’t rinse off strawberries until ready to eat or cook. Moisture speeds up spoilage.

### – Refrigerate promptly

Get berries into the fridge within 2 hours of purchasing or picking.

### – Place in vented container

An open bowl or vented clamshell allows air flow to prevent mold.

### – Eat within 3-5 days

For maximum freshness and sweetness, enjoy strawberries within a few days.

Proper storage extends shelf life but strawberries don’t keep long compared to other produce. Buy them in smaller quantities to ensure none go to waste.

## Delicious Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

Now that you know approximately how many strawberries go into a cup, here are some delicious ways to use them:

### Baking:

– Strawberry shortcake
– Strawberry pie
– Strawberry muffins or scones
– Strawberry cake

### Smoothies:

– Strawberry banana smoothie
– Strawberry mango smoothie
– Strawberry protein smoothie

### Sauces:

– Strawberry syrup for pancakes or waffles
– Sweet strawberry sauce for ice cream
– Savory strawberry sauce for chicken or fish

### Fresh eating:

– Strawberries with whipped cream
– Chocolate dipped strawberries
– Strawberry spinach or kale salad