National Strawberry Week, running from June 7th -13th, is organised by the Irish Soft Fruit Growers Association (ISFGA) in conjunction with Bord Bia and the IFA. The week long promotional campaign aims to encourage consumers to enjoy more strawberries as we approach the summer season and Irish crops are at peak production. My memories of childhood always involve going strawberry picking in the summer where we would gather the heart-like berries in our little green punnets and eat as many as we gathered or more and come home with punnets and bellies full of strawberries. We also used to pick raspberries for Dad to make up a batch of raspberry jam. And then starts the fun of deciding what to do with all your strawberries – we were usually not that inventive and just enjoyed the old classic of strawberries and cream. Between that and a few rounds of tennis, sure it was just like being at Wimbledon!

But for those who want to be inventive why not try some inspiration from The Good Mood Food Blog , Seven Spoons or Best in Season where Catherine Fulvio, Ballyknocken Cookery School, has joined forces with the ISFGA to develop a number of strawberry themed recipes.

Strawberries are an ideal healthy treat, low in calories and provide the perfect way to achieve one of the five or more recommended portions of fruit and vegetables a day. A nutrient packed fruit, they are filled with antioxidants giving the body a natural wellness boost. Strawberries are naturally high in fibre, vitamin C and potassium; help maintain a healthy heart and can aid memory function. So here’s to strawberries and the start of summer.