with apologies to Shakespeare...
Of the strawberry, 17th century English writer William Butler (1535-1618) once expressed the view that "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did." And in 2005, who does not love strawberries? Below are my strawberry recipes, but first for any who have time to pause a moment to ponder the strawberry..... - and my guess is that that probably won't be anyone involved in the May/June 2005 'Let's Get Fresh and SWAP Recipe Swap' - a few FACTS ABOUT STRAWBERRIES (from the Strawberry Harvests & Horticulture website: http://www.jamm.com/strawberry/harvests.html#Historical
# Strawberries are thought to have been cultivated in ancient Rome.
# The strawberry, as we know it, was originally grown in northern Europe, but species are also found in Russia, Chile, and the United States.
# The plant first had the name 'strewberry', which later was changed to strawberry.
# In France strawberries were cultivated in the 13th Century for use as a medicinal herb. It is said that the leaves, roots and fruits of this variety of strawberry were used for a digestive or skin tonic. Internally, the berry was used for diarrhoea and digestive upset, while the leaves and the roots were used for gout. Externally, it was used for sunburn and skin blemishes, and the fruit juice was used for discoloured teeth.
# The first American species of strawberries was cultivated about 1835.