The Strawberries Have It

Growing Strawberries by Martin Lindstrom

Strawberries are bursting out of their baskets at farmers markets right now, and what better way to enjoy this vitamin C-packed member of the rose family than with recipes that celebrate their spring-summer sweetness and cheerful red pop?

 

Strawberry-Lemonade
A refreshing beverage that celebrates the season.
Serves 6-8

4 organic lemons, peel and seeds removed, cut into chunks

1 cup local, organic strawberries, hulled

4 tablespoons local raw honey, or more to taste

7 cups filtered water

ice for serving

Place first four ingredients in blender, working in batches if necessary; process for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until liquidized. Strain through fine mesh sieve; discard pulp and seeds. Pour over ice into glasses and enjoy!

 

Strawberry-Watermelon Paletas with Mint  
This sugar-free version of a refreshing Mexican paleta (popsicle) will keep you cool as the days heat up.
Makes 6-8

1 pint local, organic strawberries, 5 reserved, sliced

1 small seedless organic watermelon, rind removed, seeded, flesh cut into chunks

5 fresh organic mint leaves, thinly sliced (optional)

In blender, combine strawberries and watermelon, working in batches if necessary. Blend until smooth puree forms, about 20 to 30 seconds. Pour mixture into BPA-free popsicle molds (try the rocket-shaped molds from Tovolo). Add sliced strawberries and optional mint; freeze 8 hours.

Clean Plates Kitchen Tip: To serve, dip molds in glass of hot water for easy release.

 

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
A naturally-sweetened, gluten-free strawberry-rhubarb pie everyone will love.
Serves 8

If you don’t have a favorite recipe for pie crust, try one of Gluten-Free Girl’s:

Gluten-Free: Gluten-Free Girl’s Pie Crust

Vegan: Gluten-Free Girl’s Vegan Pie Crust

For filling:

1½ pounds (about 3 cups) local, organic rhubarb, cut into ½-inch dice

1 quart (about 4 cups) local, organic strawberries, hulled and quartered

½ cup organic coconut palm crystals

¼ cup organic agave nectar

3 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon salt

Prepare crust for filling and preheat oven according to preferred pie crust recipe.

In large bowl, combine all filling ingredients. Fill prepared pie shell evenly with strawberry-rhubarb mixture. Bake approximately 1 hour, or according to pie crust recipe instructions. Cool pie at least 15 minutes before slicing.

Images of growing strawberries courtesy of Martin Lindstrom; strawberry lemonade courtesy of laurabl; popsicles courtesy of imipolexG; strawberry-rhubarb pie courtesy of missmareck.

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