July 8, 2010
Well, a real Summer Pudding will have to wait for another week or so, as our currants (black, white and red) are all just about to be harvested. But rarely have I had such a good summer fruits experience as the Cambridge Late Pine strawberries that I gave four of us for pudding last night at home. No need for sugar or cream. Every mouthful just a sweet, ethereal delight.
We have experimented with Gariguette and Mara les Bois varieties over the past four or five years but Joe has really hit the jackpot this year with the Cambridge Late Pine. We have been serving them on our Fixed Price lunch and supper with no more than a little cream and they have been astoundingly popular.
Doubtless the warmth of the past few weeks has helped sweeten them up, but the intense perfume of this berry is exceptional. We thoroughly recommend it to growers: it will reacquaint you with the long lost pleasure of eating strawberries.