Happy Eco-Friendly Friday everyone! Today I want to talk a bit about growing your own strawberries, and I’m sharing the recipe for the delicious strawberry yogurt treat I ate yesterday at Stone Barns.

strawberries with yogurt honey and pistachios

In my garden, I grow strawberries called “Seascape”. If you are interested in planting your own strawberries, I highly recommend this variety. Seascape are very productive and yield beautiful fruit throughout the growing season. They do well both in-ground and in containers; they also have a reputation for being disease resistant.

I’ve got 25 strawberry plants that I put into a raised bed two years ago. My patch has been a little slow on the uptake this year because I mistakenly let my chickens into my garden at the end of last season and they scratched up the plants quite a bit. I was able to revive them with some coddling and they are producing fruit…not as much as I’d like for making jams and such, but enough to use in recipes like the one below.

seascape strawberries

Apart from the obvious joy you’ll get from being able to pick and eat strawberries you grow yourself, another reason to grow them is the fact that commercial strawberries are one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed fruits. You can buy organic strawberries, of course, but they are expensive…it’s much cheaper to grow your own.

At Stone Barns, we enjoyed their homegrown strawberries with yogurt, honey and slivered almonds. Served in beautiful Weck jars, I was struck by what a healthy, delicious, and pretty snack it was.

I eat something very similar to this for breakfast quite a bit, so I figured I’d share a version here. Feel free to swap out the strawberries for a different berry, or use sliced plums or peaches when in season. Use the best quality ingredients you can find…it really makes a difference in a simple recipe like this.

Note that this is very pretty when served in a small glass jar.

Recipe for Strawberries with Honey, Pistachios, and Yogurt

Inspired by Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Serves 1

Ingredients:

*3/4-1 cup organic, plain yogurt or Greek-style yogurt
*about 10 small-medium organic strawberries (you can sprinkle these with a little organic sugar and let then macerate for 10-15 minutes if you like...this will make them a little sweeter and draw out their juices)
*1 handful of all-natural raw or roasted, shelled pistachios, chopped (or use almonds or your favorite nut/seed)
*2-3 teaspoons fresh mint and/or lemon balm (I grow these in my garden and used both), minced
*honey for drizzling- to taste (use the best local honey you can find; Blue Hill produces their own honey and they gave us a jar to take home after the event...it's phenomenal)

Directions:

1. Combine the stawberries and pistachios in a bowl with the yogurt. Sprinkle with the herbs and drizzle on the honey to taste.

strawberries with yogurt, honey, and pistachios

More Strawberry Recipes I Love:
Easy Strawberry Yogurt Muffins from Cookin’ Canuck
Strawberry Sweet Tea from In Jennie’s Kitchen
Strawberry and Leek Quesadillas from Sprouted Kitchen
Quark Casserole with Balsamic Strawberries from Passionate About Baking

 

6 Comments

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    Lori — June 10, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    Hi Winnie! Being able to pull a meal together a meal with help from your own garden is so satisfying. I have some strawberry plants in my backyard (Chandler and Camarosa – a local hybrid) and they are prolific, but not in the way I would like. They yield a handful of berries here and there, but they mostly shoot out runners and multiply like crazy. Ultimately it would bring me more berries if I would let them do their thing, but I have some space issues. So while I try, I end up buying Seascape or Gaviota strawberries from my local organic farm ($8 for 3 baskets) when I need more than a handful. Hopefully you will be producing your own honey soon!

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    Kalyn — June 10, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    How could this not taste good. I love the combination of flavors.

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    Evan Thomas — June 10, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    This sounds delicious. Love the combinations of flavors, especially the honey and pistachios.

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    apaler1 — June 13, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Yum, strawberries and pistachios! I didn’t know that strawberries were one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed fruits. Yuck. I’ve never tried growing my own strawberries, but I would love home-grown strawberries. However, I live in Chicago and I don’t exactly have my own yard. You said that strawberries fare well in containers, so I could probably grow them indoors.

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    Oui, Chef — June 13, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I am SO HOPING to find local berries at this week’s farmer’s market so I can make this delicious treat…YUM! Strawberries are my favorite berry, pistachios my favorite nut, enough said. – S

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 15, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Sounds like a lovely breakfast… Love the photos… They are just stunning!

    Thanks for the recommendation on strawberry plants, too. I will keep that in mind next year. I attempted to grow a few strawberry plants in my garden this year, but it looks like we’re only going to have a handful of berries (if they ever ripen!).

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