Strawberries may not be ripe in your part of the world—yet!

But they will come soon,

Maybe in May or June.


Sam Gamgee, Frodo Baggins’ sidekick, remembers the taste of strawberries:

Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be . . . eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”   ~ Sam Gamgee,

The Return of the King, from J. R. R. Tolkien



How they Taste: Ripe strawberries are essentially sweet. The best ones have a bright citrusy undertone and a musky, slightly floral aroma. Why do they taste so good? Click here to find out why.


Ten Amazing Benefits of Strawberries:

  1. Strawberries can make your teeth whiter.
  2. They can slow down the aging process.
  3. Make freckles fade.
  4. Help fight allergies.
  5. Produce “happy” hormones . . .  (Click above for complete list.)


The Charles’ produce stand near Bossler Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown, PA 2014



A Strawberry Memoir Moment

Down over the hill I hopped to my second home. As I got closer to the gray Victorian house, I saw Grandma walking over the porch to the kitchen door with an early crop of strawberries cradled in her apron.

Catching up, I sneaked a plump red berry before I asked, “Grandma, may I have some berries?”

“Of course you can, and when they get more plentiful, we’ll make strawberry jam together. How ‘bout dat?” she beamed.

I walked in through the kitchen door behind her. As the door slapped shut, she added, “Come to think of it, I have to check to make sure I have enough sugar in my cupboard. It takes a lot of sugar to preserve strawberry jam.”


Mother Ruth Longenecker preparing strawberries in her kitchen, June 2014


Strawberries in Spider-Man 3

Harry Osborn: [after topping his drink with an olive, Harry realizes that Peter is standing behind him] Would you like a drink? I’m sorry. What was I thinking? Bad for the public image, right, Mr. Key-to-the-City?

Peter Parker: [referring to Mary Jane] What did you do to her?

Harry Osborn: [Harry takes a sip of his drink] I did what you failed to do. I was there for her. Mary Jane and I, we understand each other.

Peter Parker: She doesn’t know what you are.

Peter Parker: Peter, she knows me very well. And when she kissed me, it was just like she used to kiss me. That taste… Strawberries.


Catch More Spring Fever Here . . .

. . . Classic spring poems for everyone.Click here to enjoy A. E. Housman, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare and more!



Do you have a garden? Will strawberries appear?

How do you like to eat strawberries?

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