Pickled Green Strawberries

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Unripe strawberries are too tart to eat. But pickled green strawberries are amazing and so easy to make.

Green strawberries have become one of the biggest summer restaurant trends, especially pickled green strawberries.

And while they might seem daunting they are one of the easiest and tastiest things to make at home.

What are Green Strawberries

In essence they are under ripe red strawberries, which begin white and juicy then turn a golden green, often with pink blushes and become tart and even bitter.

The flesh is more firm than ripe strawberries making them easier to work with.

The art acidity of green strawberries, especially when pickled work really well with both sweet and savoury – as well as salty and fattier meats.

ALSO READ: How to pickle blueberries

While it may seem strange to imagine strawberries in their unripe form as delicious think about green mango or papaya which are also so delicious before they are ripe.

Green strawberries in a bowl.

How to Use Green Strawberries

Don’t replace green strawberries in your favourite red strawberry recipe, they just don’t bring the sweetness you would need.

Instead look to replace tomatoes, citrus and unripe fruit with them.

They can be used in salsas, mignonettes, or to replace capers. They are great on cheese plates, in vinaigrettes or served with pates and terrines.

Impress your friends with a green strawberry gazpacho, ice cream or granite.

Green Strawberries are unripe and while they are too tart to eat pickled green strawberries are amazing and so easy to make.

How to Pickle Green Strawberries

While many are familiar with pickling fruits and vegetables in jars to preserve them we chose to put them in a pickle brine and then vacuum seal them.

Our vacuum sealer at Loka is commercial grade but we’ve also used vacuum sealer for home use.

We use the traditional water bath canning method for many things, like our pickled ramps, because we can then use the liquid from the jars as vinegar.

However, vacuum sealing has its advantages too:

1) You use just a fraction of liquid, which saves on the cost.
2) You use a fraction of the space, these strawberries can be stacked in the fridge.

This pickled green strawberry recipe is basic, without spices or herbs, so there would be more flexibility in using them.

For example, you can always add fennel to your final recipe.

But there’s nothing worse than wanting to use them and realizing the fennel you put in the pickle doesn’t mesh with the recipe you wanted to use them in.

I’ve provided the vacuum sealed proportions, to pickle in jars simply multiply the proportions by 7 to 10.

Ensure that the liquid fully covers the berries.

Green strawberries, pickled in a bowl

Pickled Green Strawberries

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Unripe strawberries are too tart to eat. But pickled green strawberries are amazing and so easy to make.


  • 5 lbs green strawberries washed and cut into halves
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt


  1. Bring cider, water, sugar and salt to a boil.
  2. Ensure sugar and salt is fully dissolved and remove from stove and let cool.
  3. Divide strawberries evenly amongst six bags, add 4 oz of brine to each bag.
  4. Vacuum seal and refrigerate.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1418mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Ann @PaleoZoneRecipes says:

    Hi! This was an interesting post. Is there anyway to replace the sugar?

  2. Golden Triangle Tour 4 Days says:

    This recipe is new for me, I never taste strawberry pickle, It is too easy recipe and surely its taste will good, Thanks for sharing such a unique pickle recipe.

  3. uuu i love to try something new but i don’t think i can get these my part of the world 🙁 but lovely read 🙂

  4. Alina Jack says:

    First time heard about pickles of Green Strawberries. Now I am going to make it too. But you didn’t mention that for how much time or days, I will have to keep it on refrigeration. It will ready to eat instantly or i will have to wait.

  5. Never thought about having strawberries green before … looks like I got something to experiment with this summer!

  6. strawberry pickle will be also good likes normal red strawberry .Thanks

  7. This is the first time that I heard about green strawberries..thanks new information..good post..

  8. Linda Aksomitis says:

    I’ve eaten pickled watermelon rind, but never pickled strawberries! My mother used to make green tomato mincemeat, which was also great.

  9. Only made 1/5th of the recipe just in case. I added a pinch of taragon as fennel would likely discolour 🙁 Will try adding a pinch of smoked salt another time and likely will switch from white sugar to dextrose (corn sugar) for less intense sweet note.

    After 2 weeks, opened. Still very firm.

    I diced them and added firm ripe diced kiwi as an accompaniment to seared fois gras. Nice contrast.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      They should maintain firmness and you are right they are the perfect accompaniment to anything rich, especially foie!

  10. This is super interesting, I have never personally tried using green strawberries in any of my recipes yet – but when you mentioned using them in salsa that really sparked my interest! I am more than excited to try pickling these and incorporating them into more of my meals. I think I can really catch my friends and family off guard if they taste something tart like a pickled green strawberry in something. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’m thrilled that you liked it, let me know what they think!

  11. Hi Ayngelina,
    Thanks for sharing!
    I dont’ have a vacuum sealer, so I’ll use jars.
    I just wanted to know if I can avoid to put jars in the refigerator? And, if I have to keep them in the fridge, how long can they be stored? Thanks, ciao Rosario

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You could store them but you would need to can/preserve them in a water bath as you would do for normal pickles and they would last a year in a cool, dark space.

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    Thanks for sharing a wonderful post.

  13. Lee Passage Bureau says:

    good post
    loved going through it
    thanks for sharing

  14. Thanks for sharing a n attractive and creative post.

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