Who would have thought that there is Pick a Strawberry Day? Well there is! Stop slouching, get up get dressed then head on to strawberry farm and start picking them. Pick a strawberry day is observed every May 20. It encourages us to get out there and pick our fill.
Strawberry picking time usually runs on April and throughout summer.
History of Pick Strawberries Day
First, let’s talk about the origin of the strawberry. These beautiful red jewels dangling from their green vines seem just a bit too perfect to have been the pure manufacture of Mother Nature, so where did they come from? Well, as it turns out they did, in fact, come from Mother Nature in forms largely similar to those we grow in our gardens today. Strawberries have had a reputation not just for being delicious, but also for having astounding medicinal properties, at least according to 16th-century pharmacists.
But the origin of the berry as we know it comes from Brittany, France, where it was first cultivated in a garden in the 1750’s, as a blend of two other forms of wild strawberry. Long before this, however, they had begun cultivating them in their gardens from the wild, as early as the 14th century. They’ve been with us ever since as a popular dessert and food item, and are grown in the thousands all over the world.
Pick Strawberries Day encourages you to get out and experience the wonders of picking strawberries first hand, and there are local u-pick strawberry fields that spring up anywhere strawberries are grown.
How to celebrate Pick a Strawberry Day
There is no better way to celebrate Pick a Strawberry Day than to pick strawberries ourselves. Grab your family or friends to visit a strawberry farm. Strawberry is usually associated with summer capital Baguio City. Then why not take a tour in Baguio while you’re in there. Click here for more info about taking a trip to Baguio City.
Once you have got enough strawberry, start making Chocolate Covered Strawberry Fudge! It’s time to upgrade strawberries into something new.
Here’s the recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberry Fudge.
1 container vanilla frosting
1 c. strawberries, washed and halved
2 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Melt white chocolate chips in 20-second intervals until melted, then stir in vanilla frosting. Pour into a foil-lined 8″-x-8″ baking dish.
Press strawberry halves onto fudge, and then refrigerate to set, 1 hour.
Cut fudge into squares.
Mix chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Pour into a resalable plastic bag, clip off one end, and squeeze to drizzle chocolate on top of the fudge.