Strawberries, don’t you just love them. This is strawberry season here in the UK and these gorgeous fruits are everywhere. I’ve made lots of super strawberry recipes over the year but I thought I’d do a round-up here of my top 10 super strawberry recipes. After all we have plenty of them and just need to use them in as many different ways as possible.
My top 10 super strawberry recipes
I could just list all the recipes with a photo and a link to each. But what the hell, let’s have a bit of fun here. I’ll intersperse my top 10 recipes with some strawberry information as well. As far as the strawberry recipes go I’ve tried to take a good selection. Everything from strawberry ice-cream to strawberry gin, savoury strawberry salad to mouth puckering strawberry vinegar.
So step away from the idea that strawberries only belong in a bowl with cream or in a jam jar. I hereby give you my top 10 super strawberry recipes. It’s the true taste of summer! Just click on the title below the photo to get to the recipe.
What are strawberries?
Although strawberries are called a berry they aren’t strictly a berry because all berries have their seeds inside.
Strawberries are the only fruit to carry it’s seeds on the outside. There are about 200 of these on each strawberry. To make things even more complicated those little hard bits on the outside of strawberries are actually tiny hard dried fruits themselves and they contain the seeds!
I love this fresh and fruity, sweet yet savoury salad. The sweetness of the strawberries pairs perfectly with salmon. There’s the crunch of walnuts too for a bit of depth.
Okay, possibly my favourite strawberry recipe of all time. This strawberry and lavender gin is the real taste of summer sunshine. Better still you can keep this all year and sip that sunshine any time of year.
Strawberry jam is a store cupboard basic for so many people. In jam making it’s the first one most folks try. Well I like to ring the changes with my strawberry jam so I added some grown up touches to this one. The deep almost earthiness of sage and red wine too. It’s as good on your cheese board as it is on your toast in the morning.
Fun facts about strawberries
Strawberries are a perennial plant, which means once planted they keep coming back every year.
Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
California produces 80% of the world’s strawberries, though of course British strawberries are best!
There is a museum in Belgium that is devoted completely to strawberries.
The ancient Romans thought they had medicinal properties and used them to cure all sorts of ailments.
Once they are picked strawberries will not continue to ripen like many other fruits.
Slugs love them!
Strawberries contain lots of vitamin C, more than an orange does.
Aw, this takes me right back to my childhood. Good old strawberry ice cream. Well, while that was good, no fabulous, I wanted to make mine a bit different. Basil and strawberries go so well together, so why not turn them into an ice cream. It really works.
Move over lemon curd, there’s a new kid on the block! This luscious strawberry curd tastes like strawberries and cream in a jar. Spread it on toast, on scones or slather it on a Victoria sponge. Better still dollop some on top of vanilla ice cream or dip shortbread biscuits into it’s sweet creamy depths.
Okay, this one is a bit of an oddball, strawberry and basil pesto? Has she lost the plot completely now? Now I haven’t. A few years ago I wrote a little cookbook about pesto. A Passion For Pesto. You see I just love pesto. Anyway I got to thinking why not come up with some fun fruity pestos to use with desserts. This strawberry pesto is just one of these recipes and I love it.
People tend to think of chutney and relish as being packed with onions, pineapple, plums, mango and the like. They don’t tend to associate strawberries and raspberries. Well why not? I came up with this tasty relish and I love it and think you will too.
Are strawberries good for you?
Strawberries contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, fibre, folic acid, potassium, amino acids and are very low in calories. Eating strawberries can help to reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
It’s a classic, so I just had to include my strawberry shortcakes. This is one of the recipes from my Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes book that’s now in it’s third print run according to my publisher. Anyway these shortbreads are terrific with their creamy base and topped with strawberries and the tasty crunch of pistachios.
Again, it’s that happy partnership of strawberries and basil. This time I turned it into a vinegar. Fresh and fruity this is as good on a fruit salad as it is on a fresh green salad. Sweet and savoury, light and tart, this is a super easy recipe and another great addition to your store cupboard this summer.
Going sugar-free and being healthy needn’t be boring. This super tasty sugar-free strawberry chia parfait makes a great ending to a meal. Or why not have it for a slightly decadent breakfast (just prep it up the night before), go on, you know you’re worth it!
So that’s it folks, my top 10 super strawberry recipes. Of course, I do have a lot more recipes on this blog featuring strawberries but these are my favourite just now. I hope you enjoyed this little strawberry round up and a few fun facts and figures on strawberries too.
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