I stopped by the market on my way home from the gym tonight and did a double-take when I saw the 1 1b. clamshell packed tight with what appeared to be plumper, deeper-hued-than-usual-for-the-month-of-April strawberries. When I glanced down and saw the sign for $3.99, I cautiously wondered, was strawberry season upon us? After all, it was only a month ago that they were $5.99/lb. and drab-looking.
Well, these ruby-reds almost sparkled underneath their leafy green caps, and cautious hope quickly gave way to excitement. Maybe it was just the lingering endorphins from my run, but the promise of these sweet little gems and the discovery of whether or not we were in fact safely out of winter’s grip was just too exciting to pass up – so I happily picked up a container and practically skipped home.
don’t they look promising?
I selected a perfectly conical berry, deep red with its tiny seeds studding nice, firm flesh. I ran it under cold water, took a bite, and…
Sorry friends, not quite there yet. Sweet…but not enough. A good preview…but by no means 2008’s grand debut. The strawberry saw her shadow and my heart sank just a smidgen at the thought of “x” more weeks before this lovely fruit is in season.
The good news, however, is that when you combine a semi-sweet strawberry with 64 degree weather and sunlight at 7:14PM, Winter does start to feel like somewhat of a memory…and the warmer Spring/Summer months do start to feel more within reach.