walking in the woods
hidden in the undergrowth
red wild strawberries
I’ve always loved strawberries! When I was a child, my favorite dessert was strawberry shortcake, and I’d always order it when we went out to eat.
Coming to Italy though, I discovered that there wasn’t only strawberry jam, shortcake and ice-cream! Here they make sherbert, gelato, granita and of course strawberry tarts and just plain with whipped cream. The biggest surprise was being able to use strawberry as a veggie – strawberries with mozzarella, basil and Modena balsamic vinegar, in risotto or in salads.
Living down in the Colli Albani just south of Rome took me to walking in the woods where we could find tiny wild strawberries, no bigger than your thumb nail but sweet and delicious. In the evenings we’d go to Nemi, the local capital of wild strawberries where they have a local festival dedicated to this berry.
cool summer dessert
mound of strawberries with cream
sitting on the lake
Chevrèfeulle created a beautiful post for the strawberry prompt. Not only are there some really fine haiku written by Jane Reichhold but some interesting facts and photos about the Beatles and John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields” (and the song “Imagine” is there to read too!)! So click Carpe Diem Haiku Kai to read this great post!