Give 40-love to strawberries this summer while you watch Wimbledon and buy locally sourced fruit from Farmer’s Choice!
The perfect summer fruit, strawberries are known for their versatility and are perfect for a variety of occasions in the warmer months. From a light summer salad to ice-cream garnish, they can be easily incorporated into many meals. They are also one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants and are high in vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. In fact, British summer cannot be regarded as complete without having these delicious ruby red strawberries served with dollops of cream, particularly during Wimbledon. For many, the tradition of eating strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon is as pivotal as the game itself!
Although this practice of serving tennis fans at the tournament with strawberries and cream was formalised during 1953, this quintessentially British summer treat has been around since the 16th century. Moreover, during the 1870s, when the Wimbledon tournament first began, both strawberries and the game were regarded as symbols of prosperity and arbiters of summer’s arrival. It was common at the tournament to see the upper-crust audience treating themselves with these sweet treats in between matches.
So, if you’re planning to serve up an ace of mouth-watering strawberries this summer, check our various recipe and dessert ideas below. For preparing these sumptuous berries, you can buy our British grown strawberries from Farmer’s Choice green grocer section, which are locally sourced and packed with sweetness and intense flavour.
Strawberries with Double Cream: Perhaps one of the simplest and best ways of having strawberries is by serving them with thick double cream. There are many British-grown strawberry varieties to select from including Elsanta, Driscoll Camarillo, English Rose, Red Princess and Sonata.
Strawberries Romanoff: This Wimbledon summer pudding is easy to prepare and is made with whipped double cream, orange juice, and Cointreau or Grand Marnier liqueur.
Strawberry Cheesecake: Prepare this easy yet dramatic summer treat from stewed strawberries, crushed biscuits and cheesecake. All you need to do is assemble biscuit layers at the base of the serving bowl, add a good dollop of cheesecake mixture and top the dish with some flavourful British strawberries and whipped cream.
Strawberry Summer Salad: You can also garnish summer salads with slices of strawberries to add extra flavour to the dish. For instance, by merging the flavours of tangy and sweet strawberries with the earthy elements of spinach, you can create a mouth-watering combo. Alternatively, you can combine this succulent summer fruit with cucumber, greens and roasted asparagus to create fresh salad dishes.
So, this season, prepare some delicious recipes made from fresh British strawberries ordered from our Farmer’s Choice online store. You can also combine our fresh fruit with our vegetables, salad and herb boxes to create any strawberry dish you could dream of!