This week in the garden I caught up with Colin who was filling a punnet with delicious strawberries from the garden. Strawberries are the first berry to ripen in the year, and technically speaking, they are not a part of the berry family! Berries carry their seeds on the inside, whereas strawberries are in a league of their own, carrying their seeds on the outside. They are technically known as an accessory fruit.
Strawberry plants are perennials, meaning they will come back year after year. To help ensure a good crop, every couple of years, new strawberry plants will be cut from the runners of the current strawberry plants. These will be tended for and in turn grow into larger strawberry plants to help renew the crop.
As strawberries ripen, they need to be picked regularly to stop them spoiling as individuals, but also tainting the other strawberries close to them.
Strawberries are delicious enjoyed on their own, turned into smoothies, or even into jam. They also make a great crumble on their own, or combined with other fruits such a rhubarb, blackberries or apples. Crumble is a really simple dessert, and with my strawberries from Colin, and some Rhubarb provided from Brooke House employee Alison’s garden, I made a Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble. See recipe details in separate post.