Recipe Spotlight
Central Florida Ag News|March 2021
A Healthy Berry Very Easily Turns Decadent
CAROL CORLEY

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)

Ingredients

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

Directions

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