Saturday, 11 July 2015

Hurrah it's British strawberry season!

One of life's great pleasures- growing and picking your own strawberries (or any fruit and veg for that matter)!

The first British strawberry of the year is a treat indeed. Without a doubt these rosy beauties are the emblem of a British summer - a symbol of warmer days, sunshine and, of course, Wimbledon! A favourite amongst children and adults alike, summer simply isn’t summer without eating as many juicy, ripe strawberries as possible - whether chopped up in Pimms, strewn over a pavlova, popped into a glass of champagne, or simply slathered in cream and sugar, these glorious berries are ones not to be missed, particularly when in season.

Although originally bred in Brittany, France, it is my humble opinion that nothing beats a fresh English summer strawberry...apart from a whole punnet of them.  A bowl of strawberries and cream with a sprinkling of sugar makes an undoubtedly lovely and simple British summer pud. Or you could try your hand at jam making, which isn’t as scary as it sounds, makes the loveliest personalised handmade gift and means you can enjoy your strawberries well into winter.

And it's good news for health fanatics....strawberries are a fantastic source of vitamin C, fibre, folic acid and potassium. So enjoy them guilt-free (and just ignore the copious amounts of cream and sugar that you simply MUST have with your strawbs!) 

Vicky Sponge topped with strawberries- always a winner!

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