This is important. My recommendation could change your life...
Well, not your life, but at least your enjoyment of strawberries. I will give you my opinion on how best to eat this fruit, whose seeds dwell on the outside rather than in its flesh (which, as you know, is totally irrelevant, but I felt like being pedantic.)
Anyway, back to eating strawberries. First of all, only eat fruit in season and from a good producer. Of course, weather plays a role in flavor, so find a year with plenty of sunshine during the ripening phase. Try to find berries sweet enough to eat without sugar...and then sugar them.
People rave about eating strawberries and chasing them with Champagne. I have tried this and failed to find the allure. In fact, I find both flavors diminished, so both are spoiled. I recall eating strawberry shortcake as a child, which seemed good at the time. A strawberry sundae was good, if one was made with real fruit, but ice dominated.
I first discovered the best way to enjoy this delicacy on a trip to London. Many years ago, I drove from Germany to Calais and spent the night in a hotel, before taking the ferry across the Channel. Once again, I learned what the French understand about enjoying simple tastes. I watched a man at the next table being served a dish of strawberries and must have thought it was a poor way to eat them. Next, sugar shaker and a small pitcher were placed on the table. The man smiled at the waiter, who returned a knowing smile. I then watched the man sugar the berries and dose them with sweet cream in two learned and loving movements. Next, he put a white-coated berry in his mouth and savored the experience. He must have savored it, because he closed his eyes and smiled.
This forced me to order the same, once finished with my Dover sole. At the time, I probably wondered why I was eating something from a place, which I would not reach until the next day. But, as this tale reveals, I had a memorable eating experience.
I have been eating berries in this manner ever since. I enjoyed some today and continue to be thankful that I was forced to spend a night in Calais and was lucky enough to sit beside someone with exquisite taste and appreciation of simplicity.
If you do not believe me, find ripe strawberries, apply sugar, and pour on sweet cream. If you do not enjoy this, then it’s your problem and it means more for me...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.