Consumers looking to harvest strawberries for dessert or as a sweetener should look to edible strawberry oil, said David Ehrlich, an organic strawberry grower in Washington state who also owns the website StrawberryGrow.com.
“They’re great for strawberries because they’re edible,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful alternative to sugar.
You’re going to see strawberries come out of a can.”
The edible oil industry has exploded in recent years, as many consumers want to avoid the chemical and other contaminants that are present in commercial strawberries.
“I can tell you that the edible oil market is the second largest industry in the world,” said Andrew J. O’Brien, an adjunct professor at George Washington University who has researched edible oil.
“There are a lot of producers who are using it in a very high volume.”
O’Brien said the industry’s growth is driven in part by the ease of making edible oil, which has grown in popularity in recent decades.
“The demand is there,” he explained.
“You can buy edible oil at Whole Foods, at your local farmers market, or at your grocery store.”
The oil, typically made by soaking a vegetable in vinegar, has been around for decades, and is now becoming more popular in grocery stores.
In 2014, the industry was worth $4.6 billion, according to market research firm IDC.
But the industry has also been on a steady rise in recent months.
“This is an area of great growth,” said Michael D’Antonio, director of the University of Illinois’ Center for Food and Agricultural Innovation.
“People are eating less sugar and more of these foods.
People are also trying out these foods as an alternative to processed foods.”
A lot of edible oil is made in China, which is a major consumer of the oil.
According to the World Health Organization, one in three adults in China is overweight or obese.
But edible oil isn’t as popular as sugar in the U.S., according to the National Association of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages.
There are also other health benefits, including the fact that it’s one of the few products that’s free of calories and cholesterol, O’Briens said.