Fresh Strawberries have arrived!

Nerja, Spain Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries in February!

I don’t mean to brag (okay, maybe a little), but we are loving the fresh Strawberries right now!  This is a family that loves their berries, but we are used to having them in the Spring/Summer only.  They started appearing in the market about 3-4 weeks ago and we just can’t get enough.

I noticed the small container of Huge Red Strawberries at the store for 1,25 € per 1/4 kilo (About 5 € per Kilo or $6.50 for 2.2 lbs).  At the time I didn’t even bother with the math to see if that was a good deal or not, into the basket they went.  Once home, the entire family devoured these sweet little creatures in a matter of minutes.  We knew we were hooked.

I just had to find out where they were grown.  After a little asking around, it turns out they are grown locally in Nerja, Spain.  Nerja is the next big town to the west, about 15-20 minutes from us.  This is the huge bonus of living in Andalusia (Southern Spain), the love of fresh produce locally grown!  A bulk of the produce is locally grown and plentiful, not to mention inexpensive.  With a little more investigation, it turns out Spain is the top Strawberry exporter. Of course the U.S. produces more, but Spain tops the export charts.

Let the fun begin with our Strawberries

Since then, I have found a little produce market that has them for 2 € per kilo!  (Conversion for those thinking in U.S. Dollars =  about $2.60 for 2.2 lbs).  This is a price I, the frugal one, LOVE!  A few times a week, I walk to the produce market and pick up a kilo.  Then I bring them home and have a big bowl cleaned and ready for the kids when they arrive home from school.

Produce shop

Our favorite ways to east Strawberries:

  1. Just plop the fresh sweet strawberry into our mouth.
  2. Add a little dab of Nutella and Nom Nom.
  3. Chocolate dipped!  
  4. Sliced in a homemade crepe with whipped cream.
  5. Sliced with whipped cream.
  6. Mixed with freshly sliced bananas
  7. Topping a pancake with powdered sugar (pancake is made from scratch, we miss Bisquick)
  8. We are going to attempt to make our own Strawberry Jam (any tips would be great)

As you can see, we love them!  I am sure there are more ways to eat them, but that is just what I can think of off hand.  Thanks for reading!

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