Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Welcoming Strawberry Season

Strawberries are making their season debut in California, and they will start ripening over the next several weeks in much of the country, including my region: the mid-Atlantic. I like making strawberry-rhubarb crumble, especially with local or regionally grown strawberries.

This info comes from the website Recipzaar:

. . . the strawberry is a member of the rose family and has grown wild for centuries.

The most common American variety is the result of crossbreeding the wild Virginia strawberry and a Chilean variety. This has produced a hardy berry that is able to withstand both shipping and storage.

More flavorful, is the European Alpine strawberry -- tiny exquisitely sweet wild strawberries of France known as fraises des bois. They are considered to be the "queen of strawberries."

I have tasted fraise des bois, and they are magnificent.

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