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Seasonal Summer Strawberries are Here
by Beth Kaiserman

From green and tart to red and juicy, everyone loves a summer strawberry. Here, some seeds of wisdom about strawberries and a recipe for one of our favorite strawberry desserts.

1.  Seeds

Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside. Each seed is actually considered its own fruit, and each strawberry has an average of 200 seeds.

2.  Perennials

Strawberries are perennials; if you plant one now, it’ll grow next year and the following year and will reproduce for about five years. Strawberries are members of the rose family.

3.  Strawberry Museum

At Musée de la Fraise, or Strawberry Museum, in Wépion, Belgium you learn the history of strawberries in the region and can buy items like strawberry beer and strawberry liqueur. You can also venture to the town’s strawberry stands to taste the real deal.

4.  Health

Strawberries contain high levels of vitamin C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium and amino acids, as well as nitrate, which increases oxygen and blood flow to the muscles.

You can find this panna cotta and other strawberry specials at our partner cafés around town. The sweet line-up and dessert recipe are below.

June 12-16:

Madagascar Vanilla-Infused Panna Cotta at The Norm at Brooklyn Museum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Ricotta Pie at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Farm Strawberry Salad at Mae Mae Café                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Farm Strawberry Bowl at Hauser & Wirth

Elderberry Macerated Strawberries and Panna Cotta

4 Cups heavy cream
8 Tbsp sugar 
3 vanilla beans
Pinch salt
6 sheets silver gelatin or 2 envelopes of powdered gelatin
1 quart strawberries, hulled and quarted
½ cup Saint Germaine
Zest and juice of two limes
2 Tbsp mint leaves, julienned
Bloom gelatin in cold water until soft.
Combine cream, sugar, vanilla and salt in a non-reactive saucepan. Bring the cream to a simmer. Add in gelatin to the cream mixture and stir to dissolve.
Strain the mixture through a strain or chinois, then divide between 8 dessert cups. Chill in fridge for at least 3 hours.
When ready to serve, toss the strawberries, elderberry liquor, lime zest and juice, and mint together.
Top the panna cotta with the berry mixture and serve.

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