The end of school, camping and strawberry picking – those are the three things that traditionally signal the beginning of summer in our home. Lucky us, we experienced them all this past week. It took us less than an hour to fill our berry baskets, but we will be enjoying those ruby-red nuggets of berry goodness for months to come.
This is what I did with 8 litres of fresh strawberries:
– approximately 1/4 of them enjoyed as is
– 2 cups for home-made strawberry ice cream
– approximately 8 cups preserved as strawberry sauce to enjoy over cheesecakes and other treats throughout the year
– the rest have been washed, dried, hulled, chopped and frozen for smoothies and baking
Do you need another reason to love strawberries (other than their amazing taste)? Here’s a quick nutritional run-down: they are loaded with Vitamin C and are a good source of fibre, manganese, folate and antioxidants. For a complete nutritional profile, visit The World’s Healthiest Foods website.
If you haven’t already made a trip to your local pick-your-own farm, I really encourage you to do so. Berry picking is a great activity for children too – instant gratification and a chance to learn about real food and where it comes from. If possible, choose berries that haven’t been sprayed with harmful chemicals. Strawberries are like sponges and soak up everything.
I’d save you some ice cream, but it almost gone.