AS FLORIDA’S GENTLE WINTER becomes a memory, we are greeted with the brilliant colors of spring fruits. The deep purple hues of juicy blueberries, the bright reds of strawberries, the dark browns of— chocolate. Yes, I know it’s not a fruit, but one can dream.
In the U.S., California and Florida are the major strawberry producers. California produces 91% of all strawberries in America, but Florida is responsible for the major winter strawberry crop, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Diamante strawberries are reported to be the sweetest, and they grow best in California, Texas, and Florida.
There are different ways to approach the strawberry-blueberry season. You can go with healthy and low calorie, or you can go with decadent. We will look at both. And because berries are wonderful dipped in fudge, a recipe for that is included.
STRAWBERRY LOVER’S PIE
(Adapted from tasteofhome.com)
Chocolate, 3-ounce semisweet
Butter, 1 tablespoon
Cream cheese, 6 ounces, softened
Sour cream, 1/2 cup
Sugar, 3-1/2 tablespoons
Vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon
Strawberry jam, 1/3 cup melted
Strawberries, hulled, 3-4 cups fresh
Pastry shell of choice, 9 inches
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