And So It Begins….

Oregon's best kept secret!

Oregon’s best kept secret!

In the Pacific Northwest, we have the best that produce has to offer. The chunk of time between Spring and Summer is my favorite time for a bigger variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.  My most treasured gem would be the Oregon Hood strawberry.  If I were a strawberry, this would be the variety I would strive to be.  I grew up in Hawaii, so the freshest strawberry was from California (the biggest producer of strawberries) and were huge but lacked flavor.  At the time, I did not have anything else to compare it to.  I moved to Oregon in the late 90’s and that’s when I got my first taste of the Hood.  Smaller in size, the texture is more dense, more juicy, and the flavor is sweeter (higher natural sugar content ) and by far much more “strawberry-y”!  Because the season is short and they require a knowledgeable hand (they are a sensitive crop and are difficult to grow), these berries are a little pricey and they break down a lot faster than those huge tasteless California “strawberries”.  However, when the season is upon you, hoard them, freeze them (they make the best smoothies and jams!) and eat as many as you can!!

Oregon Hood Strawberries with Lilikoi (Passion fruit) butter stacked on pancakes!

Oregon Hood Strawberries with Lilikoi (Passion fruit) butter stacked on pancakes!

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