I've loved strawberry as long as I could remember. Strawberry as a fruit, strawberry with whipped cream, strawberry cake, strawberry icecream, strawberry yogurt, strawberry daiquiri, strawberry milkshake, strawberry jam, strawberry crepe, ichigodaifuku (strawberry mochi) ... you name it, I don't think there is anything I dislike about strawberry!
Strawberry is quite an exotic fruit when it was first introduced to me. Back then, it was very expensive and also for most time not in season. It is an enticing fruit though, with a glowing red appearance, very feminine and sometimes sweet to no extent. There is something about Strawberry... :-)
Now that Spring is awakening, it is that time of the year for Strawberries! Strawberries are delicate and rot very quickly. Hence it is essential to keep it dry and eat them as early as possible. When I was living in Toronto, there are farms where one could go during the weekends to harvest strawberry. Strawberries are still harvested by hands in this modern day when technology has advanced a great deal. Hence, many a time the farm will allow the volunteer who are there to pick strawberries to eat to their heart contents after they are done with their quota of the day!
United States is the major producer of strawberries. Turkey and Spain are also major producers in the world.
Ichigo Daifuku is strawberry mochi which is actually strawberry wrapped in sticky rice dough. It is a very popular dessert/snack in Asia and is often associated with good luck. I haven't ever make Strawberry mochi but looking at the recipe I figure anyone who knows how to cook should have no problem making one. It must be interesting to also try out the recipe for Mochi Ice Cream.
My favorite ice cream is Haagan Dazs Strawberry Ice Cream. I wrote a review on it a few months back. Check it out if you're interested in getting some fantastic strawberry ice cream! Yum!
Ah, Crepes! Very chic, very French, very delicious! This is another favorite desserts of mine. Strawberry with whipped cream wrapped within the piping hot & crispy crepes... Marvelous!
Strawberry jam on top of a layer of butter with toasted white bread is the simplest breakfast but simply delish! Trust me, try it! :-)
In addition to its distinctive aroma & flavor, Strawberry is aphrodisiac! No matter, I love the cocktail Strawberry Daiquiri. It's my most favorite cocktail so much so that even when served virgin, I still love it!
Garden strawberries are a common variety of strawberry cultivated worldwide. Like other species of Fragaria (strawberries), it belongs to the family Rosaceae. Technically, it is not a fruit but a false fruit, meaning the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries (achenes) but from the peg at the bottom of the bowl-shaped hypanthium that holds the ovaries.
The Garden Strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France in 1740 via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America , which was noted for its flavor, and Fragaria chiloensis from Chile brought by Amédée-François Frézier, which was noted for its large size.
Cultivars of Fragaria × ananassa have replaced, in commercial production, the Woodland Strawberry, which was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century.
In addition to being consumed fresh, strawberries can be frozen, made into preserves, as well as dried and used in such things as cereal bars. Strawberries are a popular addition to dairy products, as in strawberry flavored ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and yogurts. Strawberry pie is also popular.
Strawberry pigment extract can be used as a natural acid/base indicator due to the different color of the conjugate acid and conjugate base of the pigment.
Some individuals may exhibit an anaphylactoid response to the consumption of strawberries. The most common form of this reaction is Oral allergy syndrome, but symptoms may also mimic Hay ...