Is there a word that brings as much hope to the heart as “springtime”? Grass, leaves, and flowers burst forth after their winter slumber and the world smells fresh and new. And there are strawberries.
Last week, The FruitGuys announced the first-ever FG Iron Chef Competition. Everyone in the office was invited to put on an apron and take part in some friendly (over the) fire battles. Two days before the competition, all those who dared to don a chef’s hat met for the big reveal: the secret ingredient.
Chandlers are big. Big in popularity, big in flavor and big in size. They're the ones that are big enough to slice for treats like strawberry short cake. Or if you're short on cake-- they stand up pretty well to whip cream.
By Reed Adam, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
Albion strawberries are the variety that put strawberries front and center in terms of market and availability. This vigorous and big berry has made it possible to have strawberries more often throughout the year and no longer just the ultra-rare treat for princesses and little red riding hoods foraging in the forest.
Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and eat it too—berries are packed with nutrients, and few foods can compare to their benefits to human health.
By Andrew Brait of Full Belly Farm, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
Image courtesy of Full Belly Farm, Guinda CA
Recipe by Non-Reactive Pan, clarosouthwick.com/blog
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 cups berries and cherries, stems and pits removed
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
By Heidi Lewis
Here they come, rolling into town—
They get the hungriest looks from, everyone around—
Hey, hey, they’re the summer fruits! And they’re super duper cute!
It may not quite be summer—but that point is moot!
Timeline of our favorite berry
By Heidi Lewis
Today’s strawberry, Fragaria ananassa, with its large, practically perfect berries is the culmination of selective breeding going back centuries to when strawberries were tiny, rare, and found only at the peak of summer.