We’re pretty spoiled here in Mullica Hill to have our pick of fresh Jersey strawberries from a variety of local farms.
The peak of the strawberry season is early June and if you haven’t tasted this year’s crop yet – they are delicious! Did you know strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and the only fruit with seeds on the outside? The average strawberry has about 200 tiny seeds!
There are so many great ways to enjoy strawberries but we especially love this recipe for Strawberry-Spinach Salad
• 6 cups spinach (torn into bite sized pieces) • 1 cup sliced strawberries
• 1/3 cup sliced green onions
• 1 can (11 oz) mandarin orange segments (drained)
• ¼ cup pine nuts (toasted)
• 1/8 cup orange juice
• 1/8 cup honey
• 1 Tbsp oil
• 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
In large bowl, combine spinach, strawberries, onions, oranges and pine nuts.
Prepare honey-orange dressing: Combine orange juice, honey, oil and mustard in tightly covered container and shake until well mixed. Toss salad with dressing right before serving.
Strawberries at Rosie’s
We’re excited to welcome Rosie’s Farm Market as the official sponsor of our Food & Dining page for Summer ’13! Each month Mullica Hill Mom will feature “Rosie’s Pick of the Month” with a different selection of Jersey Fresh produce. Look for tips, trivia and favorite recipes.
This month’s pick ~ ripe, red Strawberries! The peak of the strawberry season is early June but Jersey strawberries have already arrived at Rosie’s and they are delicious! Did you know strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and the only fruit with seeds on the outside? The average strawberry has about 200 tiny seeds!
Here are a couple of our favorite strawberry recipes:
Strawberry Popover Pancake
Freeze Strawberries so they’ll last all year:
Rinse strawberries thoroughly in cool water and remove any loose leaves, stems or damaged/ mushy berries.
Drain in colander and let stand at least 10 minutes to dry.
Cut off the leaves (hulls) and pack into a freezer bag removing as much air as possible.
Store in coldest part of the freezer to thaw and enjoy in the off-season!