One of the best things about July in Maine is the arrival of fresh strawberries! All across the state, farms sprout “U-PICK-YOUR-OWN” signs and happy hoards descend to pick (and eat) strawberries. Several of our campers had a chance to stop and pick berries today:
If you’ve never had the chance to visit a strawberry field, a couple of things will catch your attention:
- The Scent
The smell of strawberries is delicate, but intense. It’s like a sweet, delicious perfume wafting across the field.
- Berries, Berries Everywhere….
Strawberries are planted in long rows and grow in dense clusters. It doesn’t take long to fill a quart or a full box.
- Huge! Tiny! Mutant!
Unlike the strawberries you might see in the supermarket, Pick-your-own berries haven’t been graded for size, shape or color. They come in many sizes and forms, from classical “heart” shape, to huge mutant monsters with several lobes of fruit. But no matter; they all taste the same… delicious!
Strawberries are a versatile fruit and are excellent as jams, pies, raw or as desert topping, but one of our favorite recipes is also one of the simplest:
- Wash the strawberries and remove the green top
- Thin-slice the berries and place in a bowl
- Gently sprinkle with sugar (raw cane) and toss to evenly coat the berries
- Let them sit in a cool place for 3-4 hours (or overnight) as the sugar helps the berries “juice”
- Cover in whole milk or light cream