The Great British Strawberry

Sweet, juicy and plump, British strawberries are undeniably the taste of a
good summer. Sweet Eve is a new variety of British strawberry. Packed with sweetness and flavour it’s in season from June until October and it tastes like strawberries used to taste! 

A good strawberry is like a burst of summer sun – whether you’re picking your own straight from the field, eating strawberry pavlova for afternoon tea, or enjoying punnet after punnet at Wimbledon, strawberries are the taste of sunshine. To make the most of their natural sweetness and intense flavour enjoy them at room temperature.

Sweet Eve is a truly British strawberry, both bred and grown in this country. Unlike other varieties which are imported from abroad but grown here in the UK, Sweet Eve has been developed specifically for our Great British climate. It thrives in the special weather conditions of this country, meaning it is sweeter and more flavourful when ripe.

Around 15 million punnets of the berries will be grown and eaten between June and October this year alone.

Eating strawberries dates back to Henry VIII’s royal court, and we Brits have always been fond of the sweet, aromatic fruit which signals the start of the summer. With such a historic and long-established connection with strawberries, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us have fallen into the trap of using the same staple recipes to showcase our English strawberries. Try something different from our collection of simple serving suggestions to truly make the most of that taste of summer.

  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C than the equivalent weight of fresh oranges, and like most fruit and veg, they are low in calories, high in fibre and can help to boost our intake of antioxidants
  • Just seven strawberries (80g) provides your recommended daily amount of vitamin C
  • Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Strawberries contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants which help to fight free radicals (which can damage cells and are thought to contribute to the formation of many kinds of cancer). These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red
  • Strawberries were historically used medicinally to help with digestive ailments, discoloured teeth and skin irritations


Sweet Eve Strawberry Tapas

This is such a simple and easy way of serving fresh, ripe seasonal strawberries at the end of a relaxed supper party. Everyone can get stuck into their preferred flavour combinations, and can taste each accompaniment. Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese and can be found in most supermarkets.

Let the sweet and fragrant taste of Sweet Eve strawberries speak for itself, or enhance it by dipping in this wonderful array of spices and flavours.

Serves 4 / Preparation time: 15 minutes
INGREDIENTS
500g fresh Sweet Eve strawberries
100g Schwartz black peppercorns
100g red peppercorns
250g Galbani® Ricotta cheese
1⁄2 teaspoon of Schwartz ground cinnamon
100ml of aged traditional, balsamic vinegar from Modena
Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
100g unrefined soft brown cane sugar

METHOD

  1. Hull and clean the strawberries, removing the green stem with a teaspoon. Now slice the strawberries in half, and place them in a serving bowl on a tray. Prepare 5 more small bowls, all to be served on the same tray.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, lightly crush the black peppercorns, and then place them in a small bowl, on the same tray as the strawberries.
  3. Lightly crush the red peppercorns, as above, and place them in a separate bowl, again on the tray. Mix the ricotta in another bowl with the ground cinnamon.
  4. Pour the balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Place the lemon zest in another bowl, and mix in the sugar.
  5. Serve the prepared tray to your guests, and they can dip each strawberry into the flavours alternatively.


Sweet Eve Strawberry Hawaii Slush

This is a delicious, healthy drink that you can make with children for afternoon tea in the summer or as a pudding after their meal. If you make the recipe using freshly squeezed orange juice it will taste so much better than carton juice. Serve the slush in a tall glass with an umbrella and straw for an instant party feeling.

Serves 4 / Preparation time: 15 minutes / Freezing time: 2 hours
INGREDIENTS
250g Sweet Eve strawberries
2 ripe bananas
2 ripe mangos
2 ripe peaches
1⁄4 watermelon
250ml of fresh orange juice
2 tbsp of honey
2 tbsp lemon juice

METHOD

  1. Firstly prepare the fruit. Hull the strawberries and slice them in half. Peel the bananas and chop into chunks. Peel the mango and cut the flesh into cubes. Slice the peaches into quarters. De-seed the watermelon and chop into chunks.
  2. Place all the fruit on a plastic tray or baking tray that is covered with greaseproof paper and put in the freezer for two hours, until the fruit is solid.
  3. Place the frozen fruit in a liquidiser or blender. Add the orange and lemon juice and honey and whizz until smooth.
  4. Pour the Sweet Eve Strawberry Hawaii Slush into tall glasses and serve.





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