Keith Davis – Food & Beverage Director (aka Forager Extraordinaire!)
I believe it is important to support the local farms in your immediate geographic area. Fresh always wins, and things are always fresher when just picked that day compared to being shipped from the other side of the country. Not to mention that it helps in reducing the carbon footprint that is needed to produce that food.
It is now strawberry season at the local farms in Maryland and Delaware, but it doesn’t last long. When the weather is right, it last a little over three weeks. When not so good, just 2 weeks. You can stop and pick up a couple of pints when in a hurry, or do the fun thing and take the whole family to a U-pick strawberry patch. Believe me, if you take the kids, it will be a fun and memorable experience, not to mention the delicious reward. Local strawberries taste so superior to store-bought. They are picked when fully ripe which allows the sugars and taste to develop. The only drawback is they don’t last nearly as long, but in my house, they get eaten so fast that is not an issue.
A few facts on strawberries; It is a member of the rose family, and is unique in that it is the only fruit with seeds on the outside rather than the inside. The ancient Romans believed that the berries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, fevers, throat infections, and halitosis. I cup of berries contains 55 calories, 11.65 grams carbs, 1 gram protein, and 3.81 grams of dietary fiber, as well numerous vitamins. So enjoy!
Everyone has their favorite way to eat strawberries. It can be simple as eating them plain, or incorporating them in some elegant recipe. Her are a few suggestions that may be fun to try: