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National Pick Strawberries Day

May 20, 2016

May 20 annually celebrates a sweet and tasty holiday, it is National Pick Strawberries Day.   There is something special about  the taste of a strawberry picked straight off of the vine.

Strawberry picking time is normally between late April and through out the summer, depending on what part of the United States you live in.  When harvesting strawberries, you want to look for the bright-red, firm and plump ones.

  • Strawberries are members of the rose family

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside

  • Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C

  • Strawberries are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of fiber, folic acid and potassium

  • Strawberries help can help fight bad cholesterol and may reduce inflammation

  • The first strawberries were grown in France in the late 18th century.  Prior to the 18th century, wild strawberries were collected and commonly used as a fruit source.

OBSERVE

Enjoy some freshly picked strawberries!  Try this yummy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe below!

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Strawberry Shortcake:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
5 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Whipped Cream, recipe follows
Whipped Cream:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.

Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.

Whipped Cream:

Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

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