It’s strawberry season! Strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, angel food cake with strawberries . . . yum! I have fond memories of picking berries in my grandparents’ garden, and not-so-fond memories as an older child of picking them at home, where it became a chore to pick and freeze strawberries every day at the height of the season.
Strawberries grow wild in many places, but did you know that the ones we eat today are descendents of a cross between a flavorful North American native, Fragaria virginia, and a variety from Chile and Argentina, Fragaria chiloensis, with large fruit? And though it isn’t the reason I eat them, they are good sources of Vitamin C.
I eat strawberries, of course, because they taste good. And fresh ones taste better than the ones from the store. Every spring I wish I had planted some in my yard last fall. Luckily for me, there are pick-your -own farms nearby. Take a look at the Georgia Strawberry Growers web page to find a farm near you, or check out the list at this website. If your experience is like mine, it will take you longer to drive there and back than it will take to pick a bucket full.
- Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber
- Pie, Pie, Pie by John Phillip Carroll
- Ripe for Dessert by David Lebovitz
- Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it by Karen Solomon
- Success with Organic Fruit by Yvonne Cuthbertson
- The Complete Book of Fruit: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Fruits and Nuts by Bob Flowerdew
- The Berry Grower’s Companion by Barbara L. Bowling
Or check out the Georgia Extension Service’s guide to growing strawberries at home.
- The Strawberry Season by Jessica Stirling
- Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
- Strawberry Sunday by Stephen Greenleaf
- Strawberry Road by Yoshimi Ishikawa
- Strawberry Tattoo by Lauren Henderson
- Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine: Recipies and Reminiscenses of a Family by Norma Jean and Carole Darden