Saturday, April 4, 2009

Seasonal Delights

There are regular strawberries, and then there are strawberries from the various local growers at the South Pasadena Farmers Market. The last few weeks have bestowed an abundance of ridiculously huge, dazzlingly juicy specimens -- outlandish things that taste like the springtime of dreams. My little girl asked, "Mommy, are those strawberries REAL?"

I've always thought California was the fabled land of milk and honey. And everybody knows that strawberries taste great with milk and honey...

21 comments:

Jilly said...

Being out of season, are they really good? Here, when you buy out of season, the inside is white and tastes of sawdust - not that I know what sawdust tastes like, but you get my drift!

altadenahiker said...

Well, I think that picture is stunning. Looks like the sun inside that strawberry.

Judy Williams said...

I still speak of the GIGANTIC strawberries that we bought on a trip to LA years ago. They are the sweetest and best ever. And the color couldn't be more divine.

This image must be accompanied by this classic: Strawberry Fields Forever

Sharon said...

Beautiful shot!

Laurie said...

JIlly, California grows strawberries year round, but the peak season kicks off in March. (Yum!)

dbdubya said...

Add a few blueberries and pour a little brandy on those strawberries and you've got a great late night snack.

Hope said...

I always get excited when I see our local grocery has California Strawberries!! There are none better!

Apologies to the Florida and Mexico strawberry growers. Those strawberries are good ...but the CA strawberries are divine!

Excellent photo!

Dixie Jane said...

Can a picture be luscious? If so, I give this one the blue ribbon. Beautiful shiny red dripping with all the goodness to be found in a strawberry. You can almost taste them, with or without shortcake, whipping cream or ice cream. Thanks for reminding me of one of natures edible miracles.

Virginia said...

Oh yes, slice me up some for my vanilla yogurt in the morning L. Gorgeous!
V

Margaret said...

My goodness. That looks good enough to eat.

Cafe Pasadena said...

There's a local Strawberry farm on Rosemead Blvd in the Whittier Narrow Rec Area. About as fresh & tasty as can be.
Another juicy pic, LA!

Laurie said...

Hi all,

Thank you for all the kind words. I've really had fun with macro shooting lately -- the ordinary becomes extraordinary when you magnify it enough.

The strawberries lately really have been inspirational! Judy, the ones above were so huge they actually freaked me out. Like strawberries from Land of the Lost or something. The vendor told me they had just picked them at ten o'clock the day we bought them, so we're talking fresh and juicy and still glowing from all that California sunshine. Yum! Between the corn and the strawberries, I don't have to eat dinner on Thursdays after the Farmer's Market...

Thanks for being here, everyone.

Until tomorrow!

Petrea said...

Like a sunburst if you get too close!

Wayne said...

I'd have done this one in BW.

Laurie said...

Thanks, Petrea.

Wayne, you crack me up! :-)

Babooshka said...

A big wedge of cornish ice cream or fresh thick pouring cream for me with a dash of honey. Sumptious image. Smack those handcuffs and a slcap on the wrist to Wayne for the monochrome suggestion. You and V need to admonish him, but I'm afraid he'd enjoy it!

Mister Earl said...

Strawberries cherries and an angel's kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time
And I will give to you summer wine
Mmm-mm summer wine

Dixie Jane said...

Wayne, BW luscious strawberries? How about a BW Christmas tree to go with a BW Santa Claus and a BW sunset?

Thanks Mister Earl for adding romance to counter Wayne's BW. Your words bring joy.

Laurie said...

Aw Dixie Mom, Wayne's just kidding. He likes to get a rise out of Virg and me. Check out his blog for some of the most gorgeous Vancouver color you've ever seen.

Love the lines about summer wine, Mister E.

Babooshka, cornish ice cream? What on earth is that? I have a feeling I'm missing out on a Ramsey delicacy...

Dixie Jane said...

I guess I have to get used to idiosyncrasies. I took Wayne seriously. I'm learning. Yes, I'm sentimental and sensitive and Mister Earl's touch of romanticism is so nice to read amidst the crises of the day, life's unfairness, the scariness of it all. We need to luxuriate in every bit of loveliness we can gather. Summer wine.....cheers!

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