There are few gourmand happiness as the arrival of local strawberries. They are full of flavor and perfume our kitchens. Passionate and patient people take the time to pick the sublime little wild strawberries.
When we pick them, it is in the manner of our late friends Jacqueline and Fernand Villeneuve that we prepare them. For a taste of summer in the middle of winter, sprinkle them with sugar, let macerate and freeze them in small jars. It’s a pure delight on toast or drizzled with cream.
The culture of strawberries is constantly evolving and it is now possible to buy strawberries throughout the summer season. Once picked, the strawberries no longer ripen, which is why you need to buy very red strawberries that have ripened to perfection.
Strawberries do not need to be washed unless there is soil adhering to the fruit. They are rinsed with cold water before hulling them; this prevents water from penetrating the flesh and diluting the taste.
Strawberries pairs wonderfully with cream, sour cream, rhubarb, balsamic vinegar, blueberries, orange, lemon and honey.