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OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 2:32 pm    Post subject: Help - what to do with fresh alpine strawberries Reply with quote
    

I've got a few alpine strawberry plants in the garden and they produce lots of tiny berries. They must be 3 or 4 years old and produce lots of berries year after year with no intervention at all (they spread too).
The smell as you walk past is delicious.

I could go out and pick a bowlful now but want to do something different with them.

Anyone got any ideas?

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

they are great in pimms

you can freeze them or use them fresh to make

strawberry pancakes (for breakfast)

and I like to put them in the bottom of a creme brulee


wild strawbs grow around here and I pick them - tonights pud is a pavlova with fresh raspberries, blueberries and wild strawberries

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I put a big fist full of raspberries into my sponge cake mix yesterday and cut back on the milk and got a fantastic dense sponge that was greatwith a dash of cream.
Strawberries might work.

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Make a small pot of posh jam.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've got loads too, but I wonder if the cultivated varieties of alpine strawberries I've read about are worth buying as mine are pretty tasteless. Great ground cover though, and I expect my chickens and cavies would beg to differ - they seem to love them.

joanne



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have loads and they almost taste of strawberry bubblegum I just tend to use them with normal strawbs

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ours were from a packet 'Alexandria' if I remember correctly; they have a lovely taste.
The birds seem to ignore them too - unlike the cultivated ones. Maybe its becasue they are close to the house.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nicky Colour it green wrote:
they are great in pimms

you can freeze them or use them fresh to make

strawberry pancakes (for breakfast)

and I like to put them in the bottom of a creme brulee


Like the sound of those.

Mithril



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Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

OtleyLad wrote:
Ours were from a packet 'Alexandria' if I remember correctly; they have a lovely taste.
The birds seem to ignore them too - unlike the cultivated ones. Maybe its becasue they are close to the house.


Ah, I shall look out for those. Mine, as far as I know, are just bog standard alpine strawberries and don't taste much better than the fruits from the strawberry tree! Hopefully if I get a few 'Alexandria' something with better flavour will spread itself around.

TTouch Homestead



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have a whole bed of them and good thing is the birds leave them alone. I eat mine as snack attacks when in the garden or just add them into fruit salads, smoothies, on top of my cereal, milkshakes, yoghurt

woodsprite



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 13 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mine never make it inside! Surely they are gardeners reward?

Luath



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 13 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They make an excellent strawberry vodka, well worth doing; also drying them, and adding to breakfast cereals/muesli/porridge.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 13 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

woodsprite wrote:
Mine never make it inside! Surely they are gardeners reward?



A.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 13 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:
woodsprite wrote:
Mine never make it inside! Surely they are gardeners reward?



A.


seconded

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 13 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I use them to cross breed with my other strawberries. It improves their flavour. Other than that I tend to snack on them.

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