In the south, we only have a few weeks to enjoy the fresh, juicy gem considered the ‘fruit of love’. Strawberries suddenly appear at farmers’ markets and U-pick farms — and then they’re on the right track. Keep in mind when they peak in your area, and don’t be fooled by those that are picked early and hit the market too early. Unlike some fruits, strawberries don’t get sweeter after harvest. The berries in the supermarket may look plump and ripe with a color just a shade less than they should be, but if picked too early (green tips are a giveaway) you will be disappointed by their taste and texture. While delicious when devoured one at a time, strawberries are nothing short of heavenly when baked into our favorite strawberry desserts or paired with other fruits. And while the tart and tangy rhubarb is one of its longtime partners, strawberries can also go well with others. From apricots to chocolate to nectarines, these staple strawberry desserts are all delicious.