Strawberries and cream. What could be more British than strawberries served with lashings of cream at Wimbledon? The bright-red juicy fruit signals the arrival of our summer and traditionally disappeared before the onset of autumn, but our love for the common garden fruit means our farmers have invested time and energy into extending the short-season well into November.
Although wet weather has severely affected this year’s crop, the strawberry will continue to thrive in rain-soaked Britain due to its versatility and inextricable association to Britain and Wimbledon.
Wimbledon’s love affair with our favourite fruit reaches epic proportions with close to 9,000 punnets consumed a day, which means 28,000 kg of strawberries is consumed during the two-week tournament.
And did you know, to ensure the the strawberries are as fresh as possible they aren’t picked until the day before they’re served!
So why not serve up a winning strawberry in your classic British dessert, it’ll be ace!
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