I ask only because I think that something strange happens when you cut strawberries up. Somehow, with each knife cut, flavour leaks out. Which is possibly why, in my opinion at least, strawberry flavours are usually so hideously unsuccessful.
How has this revelation come to me? Well, this morning the lovely Farm Direct delivered some early season fresh strawberries, straight from Messers Wilkins farms in Tiptree in Essex. They looked more than succulent so I nicked a couple from the box and was rewarded with a burst of utter delicious succulence. So, I decided to have them for supper.
But instead of leaving them whole, I cut up most of those left in the pack (fortunately not all) and served them up – but, the magic had gone. They were juicy but flavourless – a blandish nothing-very-much… Weird. Where had the flavour gone?
Curious, and realising that I had not cut them all up, I went back and had another whole one – and, the magic was back. The slight shaprness, the sweetness, the depth of flavour – all of which had disappeared when they were cut up.
So, explain that, someone, will you? And is this just me or has anyone else found the same?….