This strawberry syrup is a fun way to use strawberry tops left over from the prep. This sweet and aromatic syrup is utterly delicious, a perfect addition to your breakfast and dessert.

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You didn’t think that the zero-waste recipes would stop after I released the Scrappy Cookbook, did you?

And while it’s nice to have a collection of 150+ vegan recipes that help you reduce food waste, my mind always looks for new ways of using scraps. This strawberry syrup is the second recipe that makes use of strawberry tops, along with one of my very first scrappy recipes: strawberry tops vinegar.

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Strawberry Top Syrup with @Misfits Market! MisfitsMarketPartner. Strawberry tops are not only completely edible, they can be absolutely delicious! Make this amazing strawberry syrup, perfect for the yogurt, waffles, or pancakes made from your Misfits delivery. . Use my code PLANTYOU50 for 50% off your first Misfits Market order (up to $20)! Terms and conditions apply. . RECIPE: Makes one bottle of strawberry top syrup. Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks: • 2 cups strawberry tops • 3 cups water • 1 1/2 cups sugar . Add all ingredients to a pot. . Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until slightly thickened and red. Drain the liquid into a bowl, composting the tops. . Place the strawberry liquid back into your pot and simmer for another 15 minutes, until thickened to a syrup-like consistency. Bottle when safe to handle and enjoy. . #recipe #plantbased #zerowaste #dessert #syrup #strawberries

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • As always, a scrappy recipe helps you reduce food waste, get more out of your groceries, and save money. I promise, this is much cheaper than a store-bought syrup.
  • Have you seen the color on that syrup?! It’s undeniably GORGEOUS.
  • You can use this zero-waste strawberry syrup in so many ways! Pour it over pancakes, add it to yogurt, use it in baking, or sweeten your latte.
  • This strawberry syrup will store for a long time! Even after the strawberry season is over, you can enjoy their fragrant quality.
  • It couldn’t be easier. It requires minimal equipment, little to no skill, and honestly not much time.
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Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries are not only delicious but also packed with a variety of nutrients that offer numerous health benefits. Here are some of the key nutritional benefits of strawberries:

  • Rich in antioxidants. Strawberries are high in antioxidants like vitamin C, anthocyanins, and quercetin, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation.
  • High in Vitamin C. One serving of strawberries provides more than 100% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, which supports the immune system, skin health, and wound healing.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties. The phytonutrients in strawberries, such as flavonoids and ellagic acid, have anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Rich in Manganese. Strawberries provide a good amount of manganese, which is important for bone health, metabolism, and antioxidant defense.
  • Promotes healthy skin. Vitamin C is crucial for the production of collagen, a protein that helps keep skin firm and elastic, while the antioxidants help protect against UV damage.

Incorporating strawberries into your diet can provide these health benefits while adding a burst of flavor and color to your meals.

Meanwhile, you can use the tops to make this delicious strawberry syrup!

5 Strawberry Fun Facts

  • Despite their name, strawberries aren’t true berries from a botanical standpoint. True berries, like blueberries and bananas, have seeds inside. Strawberries, however, have their seeds on the outside.
  • Records show that strawberries have been enjoyed since ancient times. The Romans prized them for their medicinal properties. In ancient Rome, strawberries were a symbol of Venus, the goddess of love, because of their heart shape and red color.
  • There are more than 600 varieties of strawberries, each with its own unique flavor, size, and texture. Some even sport a different color!
  • The United States is one of the largest producers of strawberries, particularly in California, which accounts for about 90% of the strawberries grown in the country.
  • Strawberries don’t ripen after being picked, so they should be harvested when fully ripe.

How to Make This Recipe

Have I mentioned that this recipe is OH-SO-SIMPLE?

Add strawberry tops, water, and sugar into a non-stick saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cook on low heat for about 20 minutes until slightly thickened and red.

Sift the strawberries out of the syrup and compost the tops. Place the strawberry liquid back into your pot and simmer for another 15 minutes, until your syrup thickens even more.

Wait for the syrup to cool, then pour it into a glass bottle or jar.

Hack It!

  • Even though this is a Scrappy recipe, I won’t judge you if you buy strawberries specifically to make this yummy syrup. You can use the berries for salad, strawberry and rhubarb crisp, homemade ice pops, fruit salad, and more.
  • This method works with other berries, too! If you have blueberries, cherries, or raspberries that need to be used, this is a great way to use produce that isn’t at its best anymore.
  • I like adding this zero-waste strawberry syrup to breakfast, but you can also use it in baking, make salad dressing with it, or add it to coffee.
  • Because of the high sugar content, this syrup will last a long time!
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Other Recipes You’ll Love

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If you enjoy simple yet filling recipes like this one, I suggest you get your hands on the PlantYou Cookbook. It has over 140 recipes, all rather affordable and beginner-friendly. In addition, each recipe is accompanied by an infographic to display every ingredient. Perfect for visual learners like myself.

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The Recipe: Strawberry Syrup

A delicious and simple way to put strawberry tops to use!
5 from 1 rating

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberry tops
  • 3 cups water
  • cups sugar

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until slightly thickened and red.
  • Drain the liquid into a bowl, composting the tops.
  • Place the strawberry liquid back into your pot and simmer for another 15 minutes, until thickened to a syrup-like consistency.
  • Bottle when safe to handle and enjoy.
Calories: 1247.2kcal, Carbohydrates: 320.9g, Protein: 1.9g, Fat: 1.8g, Saturated Fat: 0.04g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 41.4mg, Potassium: 446.6mg, Fiber: 5.8g, Sugar: 313.5g, Vitamin A: 34.6IU, Vitamin C: 169.3mg, Calcium: 70.4mg, Iron: 1.3mg