Berry nice

June 29, 2009

Berries

Mmm berries! While the season was off to a slow start, the recently warmer temperatures have brought us some very fine strawberries here in Ontario.

Because my birthday is in early July, I grew up having strawberry shortcake as my birthday cake. Every. Single. Year. Don’t get me wrong, it was always delicious and made with real whipping cream, Ontario berries that my mom usually picked herself and a homemade angel food cake as the base. But, as the saying goes, familiarity bred contempt.

As a result, as an adult, I hardly ever make strawberry shortcake. Instead I usually opt for making fruit salads or custard-based desserts studded with berries and cradled in puff pastry.

My favourite berry by far is the raspberry followed by wild blueberries and then strawberries. To be honest, I’ve never found a blackberry that I’d cross the road for and cape gooseberries (the yellow orbs pictured above) are fun but not a fruit I’d miss if it suddenly became extinct.

What about you? Do you have a favourite berry?