Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ohio-Grown Strawberries

The wild strawberry was eaten centuries before it came under cultivation and eventually hybridization. You can find mention of it in early Greek and Roman writings. In the 14th century in France it was planted in the royal gardens. The strawberry is a perennial herb and is often called the inside-out fruit. One definition of a fruit is a seed surrounded by a pulpy flesh, the strawberry is a flesh surrounded by seeds. The name strawberry may have derived from an Anglo-Saxon description of the way runners "strew" or stray away from the mother plant to set new plants.

I have been waiting for the strawberries to come into season here in NE Ohio, and it was well worth the wait .....

Ohio-Grown Strawberries
from the Coit Road Farmers Market

Strawberries With Caramel-Chocolate Sauce will be my entry for the Strawberry Moon Festival, click here for a pic.

1/4 pound Assorted Nut Chocolates (from the Chocolate Garden)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. butter
Fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
Whipped Cream

Roughly chop chocolates, set aside. In a heavy pot over medium-high heat combine sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Let cool slightly, pour over fresh strawberries and top with a dollop of whip cream.

Whipped Cream Recipe

1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine cream, sugar and vanilla in pre-chilled mixing bowl. Whip at medium speed till soft peaks form.


******* said...

A perfect bowl of strawberries! :)

OhioMom said...

Thanks Maryann ... aint they purty?

Lucy said...

Gorgeous strawberries.... and add chocolate & caramel to the mix..... way to GO!!!

OhioMom said...

Thanks Lucy :) I won't even tell ya how many I bought ... hey, I have been waiting on them and plan on eating as many as I can.

PGL said...

Looks pretty some for me. :)

OhioMom said...

I had a bowl set aside, but the men foodies found it :)

janie said...

I have some strawberries in my fridge. I had forgot about them, good thing you reminded me!

I would NEVER put chocolate on them tho. Only because I don't have any chocolate in the house, tho. LOLOL

Sounds wonderfully, heavenly, delicious!


OhioMom said...

Hey Janie

Everything goes with chocolate :)