Strawberries are showing up this week and next in many CSA boxes - another ubiquitous produce item that is available at any time of the year in hothouse, nearly tasteless varieties bred for durability over flavor. But the strawberries showing up in your box this week should be better than that - if you're really lucky you might find the tiny, nearly wild berries with rare sweetness and flavor.
But even if they are the usual mammoth, scarlet berries, they are fresher and riper, and it's wonderful to eat them when they are actually in season. What do you do with strawberries? Here's a few things we like...
We love Vinegar'd Strawberries With Crème Fraîche, or strawberries served with just a few drops of very, very good balsamic vinegar.
We like to macerate a bowl of fresh chopped strawberries in a little bit of sugar, a little bit of rum, and leave in the fridge all night. The resulting syrup and berries are delicious over ice cream or plain by themselves.
We love these mini strawberry cakes too, that leave the berries without too much unnecessary adornment. The same with this strawberry pie. Don't forget about drinks - a strawberry daquiri sounds great right now!
What will you do with your spring and summer berries?
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