For Valentine’s Day this year, try something different from chocolate covered strawberries and get creative with these Valentine Strawberry Roses. They have all the awe-factor of a bouquet of roses but they are completely edible, much like chocolate covered strawberries, but without the extra sugar. With strawberries already having a natural sweetness of their own, and a beauty that can’t compare to other fruits, why cover them up with chocolate when you can make this healthy treat even sweeter?
- 6 large strawberries
- Wooden coffee stir sticks (affiliate link)
- Vase or jar
- Ribbons to decorate
How to Cut Valentine Strawberry Roses
When you first look at the Valentine Strawberry Roses, you might think you need years of culinary experience to be able to cut anything to look somewhat decent. But in reality, you can have a beautiful strawberry rose cut in as little as 8 simple cuts. Just make sure to be slow and calculated in this process so you don’t accidentally cut off any of the “petals.”
Here’s a tip: Make sure to get strawberries that are as large and round as you can. It’s easier to do with larger strawberries than smaller ones, and it’s also better to use strawberries that are more round as opposed to those large, flat ones.
- Starting with a large strawberry, gently cut into all 4 sides of the strawberry, ensuring not to cut all the way through. With each slice, try to separate the cut piece from the strawberry, without breaking off where you cut. This is your outer layer of petals.
- In between each of the “petals,” on the inner part of the strawberry, cut into each of the 4 inside areas, carefully separating the cut piece from the inner core of the strawberry. At this point, the tip of the strawberry should look like a diamond from the cuts.
How to Package Up Valentine Strawberry Roses
You’ve made your Valentine Strawberry Roses, and now it’s time to package them up for a pretty gift. I like to make them look like a beautiful bouquet that can sit on the counter or desk just waiting to be eaten. Here is what I suggest to do to package up your creative gift:
- Gently stick a wooden coffee stir stick into the hull of the strawberry, being careful not to poke the stick all the way through. You want just enough stick in the strawberry to hold it up.
- Decorate a vase or jar with ribbon, add the strawberries, and arrange.
- Optional: Fill the vase with pretty rocks, pebbles, other fruit (blueberries would look great) or even a smoothie!
Why Gift Valentine Strawberry Roses?
I know, you might be wondering why even gift strawberries instead of the typical sweets for your sweetie. First of all, these Valentine Strawberry Roses are so cute and creative that your loved one will just LOVE the thought and energy that you put into their gift. But what’s even more important is that you are giving a gift of health and showing that it can also be sweet.
Strawberries are naturally healthy fruits, as they are packed with Vitamin C to help with healthy clear skin and a boosted immune system. At this time of the year, fighting off colds in any way possible is helpful, so why not do it with your gift? Strawberries also contain powerful antioxidants to help fight of disease, cancer, and even reduce inflammation in joints. Strawberries even help with heart health, and since Valentine’s Day is so focused on the heart, it might be a good idea to focus your gifts on making a healthier heart for your loved ones. With all these benefits of strawberries, why WOULDN’T you give someone you love the benefits of a healthier body with your Valentine Strawberry Roses?
If you are looking for Valentine’s Day Dinner ideas, check out this post with 3 recipes for a 3 course dinner!