13 July 2008

Summer Bursting with Strawberries

Summer brings with it an array of many fruits ,vegetables and herbs - each plant basking and feeding off the warm glow of seemingly endless days. With such an abundance of life giving light - is it any wonder that strawberries thrive in these months?

picture courtesy of Bahadorjn

The fleshy sweetness invokes heavenly sighs when coupled with special desserts. Biting into the firm, juicy flesh, your tongue first experiences a tang, but that is overcome by the beautiful sugary blast of flavors.

Strawberries hold a special place in my taste memory. To me they equal the unbridled innocence of childhood - memories of summers long ago , when the sun was ablaze. Summer days as a child with my friends, I would run out into the hills and forests, and creeks or ponds - never a tricky thought clouding my mind, only a determination to experience and cover as much ground as humanly possible - before the sun set below the purple hills. Strawberries were a staple in my house, and more often then not desserts like strawberry shortcake, or just the simple act of dipping a berry into fresh whipped cream, were enough to satisfy a craving for sweetness.

Below is a weight to volume ratio chart for strawberries in their different states:

weight to volume ratio changes if berries are halved, quartered, sliced etc.
(See below)

1 (16 oz.) clamshell package equals approximately:
Whole Unstemmed 18 each 17.2 ounces
3 to 3 1/4 rounded cups
1 cup = 6 or 7 strawberries
Whole Stemmed 15.5 ounces
3 to 3 1/4 rounded cups
1 cup = 6 or 7 strawberries
Halved 15.5 ounces
3 to 3 1/4 rounded cups
1 cup = 6 or 7 strawberries
Quartered 15.5 ounces
3 to 3 1/4 rounded cups
1 cup = 6 or 7 strawberries
Sliced 15.5 ounces
3 rounded cups
1 cup = 6 or 7 strawberries
Chopped 15.5 ounces
3 cups
1 cup = 6 or 7 strawberries
Pureed 15 ounces
1 3/4 cups

link to California Strawberry CommissionIf you would like more info on strawberries, California Strawberry commission offers recipes, health and nutritional info.

They also have a really cute site just for kids aged 5-12 yrs , with lots of kid friendly recipes you and your children can make together, and fun activities on strawberry education, called Strawberryville.

The University of Florida also has a great page outlining different varieties of strawberries and where they can be grown, plus illustrations on strawberry shapes - very interesting.

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5:17 AM, July 14, 2008 Reply  

I love strawberries! In our province most people work in strawberry farms and a lot of native strawberry delicacies are made too. These strawberry goodies just look delicious!

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7:41 AM, July 14, 2008 Reply  

Thanks for the info on strawberries, and also supporting American produce. Anyways, strawberries, aside from being a healthy snack, can be used in a variety of ways and meals, from homemade jams, salad fixings, a nice dessert, and even some tasty beverages (like daiquiris, milk shakes, and more).

7:54 AM, July 14, 2008 Reply  

The strawberry look yummy in the photo. Is it taste sweet?

3:39 PM, July 16, 2008 Reply  

sure sounds divine... strawberries have always been my favorite fruit :D

7:57 AM, July 18, 2008 Reply  

The best strawberries are the chocolate covered ones. You get the best of both world!

Take care,
Jeff Casmer

9:52 AM, July 18, 2008 Reply  

Thanks for the recipes. I'm just starting to grow my own and am excited to give this is a try!

11:24 AM, July 18, 2008 Reply  

Thanks for the conversion chart - good info, I'll bookmark for later.

BTW - Nice website..i like the style of writing. Keep posting good posts like this. Thanks again!

4:02 PM, July 19, 2008 Reply  

I was just eating strawberries earlier today...you simply can't beat 'em. Those photos had me drooling for some more. It truly reminds you of everything summertime, you know? Good stuff.

8:50 AM, July 20, 2008 Reply  

Wow, thanks for your comments :) This berry thing really struck a cord with readers!

@Lisa Thanks for your global experience

@Joe Supporting American as well as local is very important in these times, as the food source is viewed quite differently now due to the recalls and rising prices.

@Jimy Yes, the strawberry was very sweet!

@Mike One of my favs too :)

@Jeff I would have to agree on the chocolate covered idea - a really rich chocolate makes for a great contrast in flavor and texture of the strawberry, yummy indeed!

@Sunita Thanks! I appreciate feedback on my writing, it encourages me to write more, and I like creating a post that people can identify with.

@m.s phillips Thanks :) yes these berries are truely representitive of summer!

11:29 PM, July 22, 2008 Reply  

There is no way I'm going through the rest of the week without a strawberry shortcake now. Your fault!

10:01 AM, July 23, 2008 Reply  

MMmmm, nothing better than fresh cut strawberries topped with whipped cream :D

6:40 PM, July 23, 2008 Reply  

another awesome blogger who is stuck with blogspot

please..it is a request. Switch to WP and you will gain fame real quick

1:36 AM, July 24, 2008 Reply  

those pictures are amazing.

Was drooling after seeing them like that. Good job!

5:02 PM, July 24, 2008 Reply  

Hehe this article made me hungry but where can I get my strawberry?

6:25 AM, July 25, 2008 Reply  

I love strawberries. Too bad they are so expensive in my country. That's why I often buy strawberry jams rather than the fresh ones.

8:09 PM, August 23, 2008 Reply  

Those pictures are making my mouth water. Strawberries are my favourite fruit (and one of my favourite foods overall).

My wife decided to make a strawberry day for me when we were dating where every dish contained strawberries as an ingredient -strawberry smoothies, strawberry salads, strawberry ice cream, strawberry balsamic chicken, etc... Yum!

1:34 AM, February 25, 2009 Reply  

I like strawberries, my children are crazy about strawberries, and also with ice-cream.

3:27 AM, April 27, 2009 Reply  

Strawberry is a nutritious fruit. It also helps you to maintain slim healthy body.

10:14 AM, December 12, 2009 Reply  

Nice Informations Dude, BTw what put your template..??

2:11 PM, March 02, 2010 Reply  

Strawberries are the greatest. I totally agree. Every time I bite into a succulent strawberry, it takes me back to my childhood. It's the perfect food.

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