Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wild Strawberry Heaven
The wild strawberry plants I started from seed last spring are producing really well this year. I had purchased my Yellow and Red Wonder strawberry seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They grew very slowly in the beginning but took off once I transplanted them out into the garden. The little berries are prolific but rather tedious to harvest. Most of the time, they never make it into the kitchen. We usually just pop them into our mouths as we're picking. I'd love to freeze a bunch to use in a strawberry conserve recipe.
Today should also be the opening day for this year's strawberry picking season throughout much of the state. If it stops raining, we may venture to Parlee Farms tomorrow to do some picking ourselves. I seem to remember them having a particularly beautiful field.
I love the look and taste of strawberry conserve - the whole fruit suspended in the gel are particularly inviting. If anyone has a canning recipe for it, please please please share it with me!!!