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Strawberries, please

08/07/2016

In honour of Men’s Final Day at Wimbledon, we celebrate the nation’s favourite summer fruit, the strawberry. Find out how many get eaten during the Championships, enjoy tasty treats on board and try making a strawberry daiquiri at home. Serve it with style to gasps of delight from your guests

Strawberries at Wimbledon

Wimbledon highlights: strawberries and cream

British strawberries, the champion of fruits

 

As the men battle it out on Wimbledon’s Centre Court this afternoon, the spectators in London’s SW19 will be tucking in to thousands of servings of the nation’s favourite summer fruit.

 

Juicy strawberries and cream are all part of the Wimbledon experience. They were served at Wimbledon during the first tournament in 1877 and in modern times, roughly 27,000 kilos of them are served during the Championships each year together with 7,000 litres of cream. Picked the day before, the berries arrive fresh at Wimbledon each morning at 5.30am before being inspected, hulled and prepared for the hungry crowds.

 

 

It’s one of our favourite fruits, too. Beyond their health benefits and interesting history (see below), the strawberry brings intense colour and flavour to a wide range of treats we offer across the fleet.

 

Master pâtissier and P&O Cruises Food Hero Eric Lanlard is a strawberry devotee, using it in a range of his exquisite cake and pâtisserie delicacies available on board. Try his French classic – and his mother’s favourite cake – the gâteau fraisier in the Market Café on Britannia. Delicate and pretty, the sponge top and base sandwich juicy strawberries set in a crème mousseline. If you’re inspired to try to make it at home, follow Eric’s recipe at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omJEFf26ZwM

 

The strawberry compote crêpe is another firm favourite in the Market Café. The intense fruit compote flavour is teamed perfectly with a white-chocolate cream cheese and Eton mess gelato. Or for a special treat, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea at The Epicurean is a stylish affair. Among his creations (expect the unexpected), you’ll find a winning combination, the pistachio and strawberry tart.

 

If you’d rather indulge your passion for strawberries in private, you can always order them dipped in white and dark chocolate from our Little Luxuries collection to be delivered to your cabin. Share the decadent moment or scoff the lot on your own.

Strawberry daiquiri served in a cocktail glass

Strawberry daiquiri: the taste of summer

Serve up a smile

‘For a true taste of summer, try a strawberry daiquiri,’ says cocktail barman Sekhar Kabira, who has been with P&O Cruises for 14 years. ‘It is a beautiful and simple mix of fine rum (I recommend using Bacardi) and strawberry purée, cut through with a dash of lime. The taste and colour will always put a smile on your face.’

 

If you’re not in a position to let us make you one of our special strawberry daiquiris on board, try this quick and easy strawberry daiquiri recipe at home.

 

Ingredients

1.5 parts white rum

3 parts strawberry purée*

1 part fresh lime juice

 

Method

Place ingredients in blender and blend. Fill your serving glass with ice and place in blender. Blend together then serve into glass, garnishing with a lime wheel or strawberry – or both.

 

*If you don’t have ready-made strawberry purée, it’s easy to make your own.

Place 350g of fresh or frozen strawberries in a pan with 56g of sugar. Add 6 tablespoons of water (use a little less for frozen fruit) and bring to the boil until all the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool then add 1.5 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Transfer to a blender and purée until smooth. Pour the purée through a fine strainer and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or store in the freezer.

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