30 March 2010
Fruit Of The Season: Strawberries
Spring arrived to Portugal and it´s fruit of the season are Strawberries. In Spring Strawberries start appearing in local supermarkets but their "high season" is throughout Summer.
In Algarve, the region of Portugal in which I live, there are strawberries plantations but south Spain (our neighbor country) is a bigger producer of this type of fruit. This month, I bought the box you can see in the picture above from a local seller for 5.00 Euros. In the supermarket the same box could cost the double or more. In Spring, strawberries are sold for 4.00 Euros/ Kilo but in Summer they´re much less expensive. I´ve bought them for as low as 1.50 Euros per Kilo.
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, they are versatile and I can do so many things with them... fruit salad, cakes, pies and my favorite: Milkshakes.
First I wash strawberries with water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. I remove leafs and cut them in half into the blender´s cup. I add milk (enough to cover all strawberries) and 1/2 spoons of sugar. Three minutes blending and the milkshake is ready, it even makes foam :)
Awesome as breakfast... or any time of the day!