Strawberries to die for.  Love this time of year. Strawberry season has started here in New Zealand, running from November to February. Yay. Bring on the Christmas Pavolova..

History of Strawberries

Strawberries can be traced back to the Romans and Greeks.  Later medieval stonemasons carved them into altars and church pillars.  In the 1700s the French horticulturists crossed a Northern American strawberry with a Chilean one.  The modern strawberry can be traced to the results of this experiment.

Facts

  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Each strawberry has, on average, 200 seeds on the outside.
  • A strawberry is not technically a berry as it has seeds on the outside.  True berries, such as blueberries, have seeds on the inside.

Growing Facts for strawberries to die for

  • Strawberries are grown in raised beds enclosed with plastic, however, it is becoming popular to grow strawberries hydroponically (in nutrient solution rather than in soil).
  • Strawberry plants can produce fruit for several years, however, the fruit quality can decline after the first year.
  • Strawberries will grow in most parts of New Zealand.
  • The Auckland region grows over 40% of the commercial strawberry crop.

Check out this amazing sticky red win syrup recipe by Kitchen-maid to accompany your strawberries.

And below is our family recipe for the Rolled Pavlova.

Also how about a fresh strawberry ice pop. Check out one of our recipes here. 

Buy your own ice pop below.

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Rolled Pavlova
 
Our family rolled pavlova
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 8 teaspoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Whip eggs and cornflour.
  2. Then add vinegar and 6 teaspoons of sugar
  3. Fold the last 2 teaspoons of sugar
  4. Spread sponge into a tin
  5. Cook 15 minutes at 170
  6. Once cool, put whip cream in the middle and roll up. Decorate how you like. We suggest strawberries. Yum!
 

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