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British strawberries

Let the sun shine 

There's only one way to
welcome summer - yes, British
strawberries are back 

British strawberries

The sweet taste of British strawberries - it’s the unmistakable feeling of summer sun and alfresco dinning. And it’s right now that British strawberries 

really come into their own, all thanks to our unique British weather. The slow growing climate in May - when days are bright and warm, and nights are cool - means our strawberries are able to develop and ripen slowly. Grown on farms on the south coast, Surrey and Berkshire, our strawberries can be picked and available to buy within 24 hours, so you enjoy fresh, juicy strawberries all summer long. Is there anything sweeter?

Lucas Hollweg

Lucas Hollwegs top tips

Waitrose Food columnist, Lucas Hollweg reveals his top tips for making the most of summer’s favourite berry

Lucas Hollwegs top tips

Leave strawberries in the sunshine

You should never eat strawberries straight from the fridge – the chill will dull their flavour and fragrance. Leave them to warm in the sun before consuming.

Say yes to sugar and spice

It’s also a good idea to macerate strawberries with sugar (and perhaps a splash of wine) for an hour or so – it intensifies the flavour and creates a perfumed syrup.

Think outside the box

The classic strawberries and cream combinations always work; lemon, orange, vanilla, elderflower, black pepper, mint and basil will all complement the flavour too. But it’s worth thinking outside the pudding box. The Italians use strawberries in a savoury risotto, made sweet and sour with a splash of balsamic vinegar, and I once whizzed up a strawberry gazpacho (trust me,
 it was lovely).