In season: Strawberries

Gayan Weerasinghe, cluster pastry chef, R Hotels Dubai, discusses strawberries
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Gayan Weerasinghe, cluster pastry chef, R Hotels Dubai.
Gayan Weerasinghe, cluster pastry chef, R Hotels Dubai.

What’s great about strawberries?

The strawberry is one of the most popular berry fruits in the world. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and can help with digestive ailments.

What should you look out for when buying this ingredient?

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To pick the best strawberries, one needs to find the green stem and leaf without any spots or powdery surface. The tastiest strawberry will not have a soft surface and it will be always hard.

Any challenges with using strawberries?

The only challenge with using strawberries is during winter time because they aren’t tasty, they are only juicy and soft, which makes it really hard for the strawberry flavour to come out. In my opinion, strawberries taste the best during summer only.

What’s the best way to use it?

Strawberries are best used in desserts, but it can also serve as an appetiser. One quick way to serve strawberries is to take two to three pieces, cut them into four and mix with pinch of sugar. Then, half-poach with touch of balsamic vinegar and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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