In Season: Strawberries
With the weather having been so glorious and Wimbledon in full swing, there is no better choice for this months "In Season" pick, than the beautiful British Strawberry!/p>
Considered natures confectionary, it's the perfect accompaniment to Summer! This versatile fruit can be found in both savoury and sweet foods, desserts, salads, drinks and cocktails or even just on their own! (ah ok then with some cream!)
Some Strawberry trivia for you!....
- Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them.
- Strawberries aren’t true berries, like blueberries or even grapes. Technically, a berry has its seeds on the inside. As strawberries have their seeds on the outside, Strawberry plants are classed as runners, and are not produced by seeds.
- Strawberries are members of the rose family. Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll see: they smell as sweet as they taste.
- The strawberry plant is a perennial. This means if you plant one now, it will come back next year and the following and the year after that. It may not bear fruit immediately, but once it does, it will remain productive for about five years.
- Growing: The British season can begin anywhere from the end of April to mid-May, and usually continues until the weather cools in October. The most well-known strawberry varieties are Elsanta and Sonata, which have excellent flavour, shelf-life and quality. Other varieties include Sweet Eve, Driscoll's Jubilee, Ava and Red Glory.
- The ancient Romans thought strawberries had medicinal powers. They used them to treat everything from depression to fainting to fever, kidney stones, bad breath and sore throats.
- Ooh La La! In France, where they’re believed to be an aphrodisiac, strawberries are served to newlyweds at traditional wedding breakfasts in the form of a creamy sweet soup.
- Miracle Fruit! Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. They are low in calories and high in vitamins C, B6, K, fibre, folic acid, potassium and amino acids.
- For the fitness fan! Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate. This has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Research suggests that people who load up on strawberries before exercising have greater endurance and burn more calories.
.......we couldn't leave out these awesome Wimbledon inspired strawberry facts too!
During the fortnight of Wimbledon, visitors will get through:
- 23 tonnes of strawberries (thats over 2 million individual berries!) - When laid end-to-end, these berries would stretch almost 37 miles. That's the equivalent of Wimbledon to Reading!
- 10,000 litres of dairy cream
- 135,000 ice creams
- 17,000 bottles of champagne
This months' recipes are a little different as we have decided to look at some lovely summer drinks! They of course include the beautiful British Strawberry and we've even got something for the kids (and the big kids!)
Strawberry Ice Cream Float
This recipe is the perfect summer treat and a hit with the kids! It also couldn't be easier to make!Simply blend approx 8 strawberries and mix with lemonade in a glass. Add your scoop (or two) of strawberry ice cream and you're good to go! We topped ours with strawberries and mint.
Tip: Why not make some for the grown ups and add a little of your favourite spirit to the mix!
Strawberry & Basil Pimms
One for the grown ups! Strawberry and Basil are well known for pairing up well, the combination of which has seen a jump from Master Chef to more everyday restaurants and foods.
A great show stopper to serve for your next party or BBQ! A little preparation in advance for this one but it's well worth it we promise!
Best done the evening before: Prepare your basil ice cubes! Simply blend a handful of basil with enough water to fill your ice cube tray and freeze. Your ice cubes will be an amazing shade of green which looks great once added to your glass!
To prepare: simply add your Pimms, mixer, strawberries and basil ice cubes to your serving jug and mix. If you want to get fancy you can dress your glasses with an extra strawberry and sprig of basil once poured.
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