Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries have grown for centuries and have been enjoyed by many Europeans, although they are much smaller than we have now. But they became the first to grow in France in the 1850s (leave it to those French). Like many other fruits originally appreciated as medicinal and mentioned in ancient Roman writings, they were depicted in oil paintings during the 15th century by Renaissance artists (snacks on the side, perhaps?). It seems to have been consumed as a treatment for depression (who can feel blue when you have sweet berries that should smelt?).

Collected in the woods by the early colonists, the foodie chief Thomas Jefferson has experimented with different species in his vast gardens since 1789, where he served them at a very happy dinner for his guests. His frustration was the small size at the time, and is still a breed of alpine group he brought from France. Fortunately, gardeners and farmers continued to work on producing a larger size and of course they eventually succeeded.

But Americans are not the only country to cherish this delightful red fruit. They are a tradition at the annual Wimbledon England Tennis Championship, served with cream. In Italy, strawberries are the favorite gelato flavor. The Greeks like to dip them with sugar and then to understand with brandy. Japan is still experimenting with dozens of varieties, which were originally expensive and only available for ownership. During the 1930s, their production increased dramatically, and they are now among the best farmers in the world.

Needless to say, America's love affair with strawberries is legendary. Translate to just over 9 pounds per American consumption, and here's what tops the US offer:

Jam - America's favorite flavor

Shortcake - with biscuits or sponge cake, covered with whipped cream, classic

Pie - either fresh (with a glass coating) or baked, often with rhubarb

Ice cream - in popular Naples (with chocolate and vanilla) or by itself

Yogurt - fruits at the bottom or blended

Juices - blended and delicious

Pairs well with bananas

Fresh - by itself, sliced ​​and sugared or as a can

Covered with chocolate - candy and fruit in one

Sliced ​​- on breakfast cereals and pancakes

Thanks to being a powerful and easy-to-grow plant, vegetation also makes an attractive land cover, although local creatures like to sneak into backyards and devour fruit when the coast is clear. They also freeze well and can be enjoyed all year round.

If you are lucky to live in an area where strawberries are grown, a pleasant stroll will visit the 'Choose for yourself' field, even though it is tired under the scorching sun and puts strain on the back, and worth doing it once (and all you need) can eat in these the operation). So make a point of picking up a quarter or two on your next visit to your local supermarket or farmers market. The best ones are fresh, ripe and delicious.