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Strawberries & Cream

posted by: The Royal Hotel Chilliwack on: May 21, 2019 04:19:48 PM

Today is National Strawberries and Cream Day in the UK. Imagine a day that celebrates the delicious marriage of fresh strawberries and cream! I’m all for such a day in Canada – or at least in B.C.; where the BC Strawberry Growers Association count the number of Fraser Valley strawberry farmers at around 48.

The luscious red berries are the first fruit crop of the summer season to ripen. A popular way to welcome the bounty of summer is a family outing to the local u-pick farm; with buckets and pails at the ready - for a few hours of berry picking. After all, what is more satisfying than popping a freshly-picked first of the season juicy ripe strawberry in your mouth!

Chilliwack Progress, June 13, 1929

And did you know that strawberries are grown on 600 acres of fertile Fraser Valley soil?

Recipes for your strawberry bounty!
Chilliwack Progress, June 9, 1932

 To herald the arrival of the first berries of the season, here are some berry fun strawberry facts.
trawberries are not berries at all – they, along with raspberries are actually members of the rose family.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit that has their seeds on the outside – and each berry has around 200 seeds.
  •  The strawberry is believed to have originated in ancient Rome.
  •  Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than one orange.
  •  Strawberries are grown in every Canadian province and every state in the US.
  •  The Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place during the peak of strawberry season - bowls of fresh strawberries & cream are eaten by spectators watching the tournament. The berries were first served at Wimbledon in 1877.
  •  Replacing strawberries for tomatoes in salsa recipes will add a “wow” factor to your fish dishes while substituting strawberries in a Caprese salad along with fresh mozzarella provides a fresh summer variation on the classic salad. 

Strawberry picker with her haul
image credit: Chilliwack Museum & Archives

Strawberries @ The Peak
Chilliwack Progress, June 24, 1953

For more information on strawberries including where to purchase, this is the link for B.C. strawberries.

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