Nothing says summer like a delicious red strawberry.
By Robyn McLean
Some might say we’re biased but Hawke’s Bay strawberries are the best in the world. A Hawke’s Bay strawberry or two can make a bad day excellent. Yes, they are that good. So where do you get your mits on some of the best?
Scotts Strawberries have some very loyal followers - known to patiently queue up outside their humble shop before it even opens to ensure they don’t miss out. If you want to avoid tears in your household, go early. The sold out sign is not an uncommon sight
The Strawberry Patch is another iconic destination for purveyors of strawberries. Not only can you buy them in punnet of varying sizes, but your can also PYO (pick your own) which is a great option if you want to save a few dollars, are picky (get it?) or have children you are looking to put to work. Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen - Hawke’s Bay rays can be harsh.
So now you’ve got home and if, you’ve managed to stop yourself from shoving every last one in your gob, we’ve got a few suggestions for you you to try:
Whip up a delicious strawberry smoothie: milk, yoghurt, strawberries, banana. Boom.
Add them to a jug of water for colour and a hint of berry flavour
Thinly slice strawberries and sprinkle over brown sugar and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a quick dessert
Dip them in a bowl of melted chocolate and leave to set
- Strawberry bruschetta: this one is out of the box, but bound to be a hit. Spread toasted baguette with goats cheese, top with chopped strawberries and chopped basil and freshly ground black pepper
Where to find them...
Scott's Strawberry Farm
286 Te Aute Rd, Havelock North
06 877 4712
The Strawberry Patch
96 Havelock Road, Havelock North
06 877 1350
Not only are strawberries delicious, they are also great for your health.
6 benefits of strawberries you may not have known
- Boosts your immunity
- Reduces risk of eye related ailments
- Helps maintain normal blood pressure
- Lowers risk of arthritis, gout and cancer
- Helps regulate the nervous system
- Prevents heart disease and reduces cholesterol
Even more reason to get yourself some Hawke's Bay strawberries asap!