Sunday, June 25, 2006

Szczyt sezonu truskawek

"The peak of strawberry season" is upon us here in Krakow, and what a glorious time of year it is. This is the *only* time of year you can buy strawberries, and as the season peaks, the price drops until you pay the incredibly low sum I paid today--PLN2.50 per kilo, which is about 36 cents per pound. Isn't that amazing? At that price, one buys pounds and pounds of strawberries and gorges upon them. (I bought 2 kilos today--pretty much all a family of 6 can eat in a day, and they don't keep.)

Strawberry waffles

Strawberry pancakes

Strawberry muffins

Strawberry smoothies

Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry pie

Strawberry jam

And let's not forget--plain old berries, as many as you can eat

Did I mention that strawberries are never picked with white "shoulders" in Poland? Each and every berry is red and ripe and and luscious.

Next week the price will be doubled, probably, and doubled again the week after that. And then there won't be any more until next year, except for the occasional "pint" imported from Spain, but who wants those?

I must confess, I really haven't made all those things in my list. I've pretty much stuck to plain old berries, and the easiest item on the list: strawberry waffles. Pop waffle in toaster, spoon berries with sugar over the top, finish with spray whipped cream. So easy, all the kids except C can make their own.

And did you know, strawberries are the fruit lowest in carbs?


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