With summer on its way and the sunshine looking like it’s here to stay (for now at least), we thought we’d celebrate the best British summer fruit there is – the strawberry.
Put them in your Pimm’s, smother them in cream, make a yummy jam, or top your scones with them - when it comes to using this tasty and hugely versatile fruit, the possibilities are endless!
British Strawberries really are the best in the world. They're in season from early May and if the good weather continues from July they’ll be around until the end of September.
They’re full of health benefits too – did you know that a handful of strawberries contains more vitamin C than an entire orange?
Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC. In medieval times, strawberries were regarded as an aphrodisiac and soup made of strawberries, borage (also known as starflower) and soured cream was traditionally served to newly-weds at their wedding breakfast. Strawberries were also used to treat digestive ailments, discoloured teeth and skin irritations.
With a long season and an excellent taste, Elsanta is still the most popular British strawberry. Look out for Sweet Eve and Eve’s Delight too, which are both high in natural sugar and have a pleasant perfumed aroma. Other varieties include English Rose, known for its orange zest flavour and Jubilee.
Here at the Dovecote, we use the unique flavours and textures of strawberries in our own special way. We’re always coming up with new ideas and recipes to showcase the great British strawberry - from jams, compotes and sorbets to jellies and mouth-watering meringues.
So, make the most of the strawberry season and give your taste buds a dose of the Great British summer!
If you want to have a go at making your own strawberry-centric delights at home, check out some of our favourite strawberry recipes from around the web:
- Start with the basics, learn how to make strawberry jam - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-strawberry-jam
- For something a little fancier, try this deconstructed strawberry cheesecake and honey crisp toast recipe - https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/deconstructed-cheesecake-recipe
- Think outside the box with this strawberry hummus sensation - http://www.theorganicdietitian.com/strawberry-hummus/
- And finally, if you’re going to be indulging in a cocktail or two this bank holiday, try the strawberry-themed ‘Cherub’s Cup’ - https://www.thespruceeats.com/cherubs-cup-cocktail-recipe-761026