Monday, July 21, 2008

Strawberries delight!

I've always preferred chocolate to strawberries. In fact, I used to adhor strawberries since young because it tasted so artificially sweet in those strawberry flavoured milk that was distributed in school when I was a kid. The great mystery of why anyone would come up with strawberry flavoured milk has never failed to stump me. Chocolate flavored ones on the other hand seems natural in comparison.

Anyway, if you've not figured out already, strawberries have never featured in my already limited fruit intake back in Singapore. I'm not the only one apparently; the demand for strawberries is so low that only Isetan (a Japanese chain store) stocks it regularly. If I remember correctly, it cost around S$9 for 250g when I left, which was pretty dear as compared with staple fruits like apples, oranges and mangos.

Over in London (or the UK for the matter), strawberries are pretty much sold everywhere: from humble local fruit store in Chapel Market to Marks & Spencer and even Harrods stocks them. Apparently, having it with cream is the thing to do in summer picnics.

The great demand also means that strawberries are probably the few things that cost less in London than in Singapore. Believe it or not, the strawberries here do taste better than those found in Isetan. Hmm...

What's your favourite fruit?

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31 comments:

Joeru said...

Yeah, the strawberries here definately better than SG... esp those from the farmer's market at my area... :D in little basket. LOL

My Bug Life said...

Strawberries are not my favs..though eating them sugared or with cream is fine with me.

My fav fruit are cherries!! Loved them and I can gobble down a bagful...:D

eastcoastlife said...

Chocolate and strawberries go well together. I love chocolates more. :)

Strawberries in Singapore so expensive and sour. yucks.

kyh said...

Strawberry milk tastes disgustingly yucky. I agree with u on its artificial sweetness. Blekkk! On the other hand, I love choc milk.

As for ice-cream toppings, I tend to go for strawberry than choc. Dunno why...

Fëanor said...

Mangoes, man, mangoes. Chaunsa or Alphonso ones from India. Ooh. (These Thai fruit were interesting too!)

lina said...

I love strawberries. Would love to someday spend a portion of my holiday picking strawberries with Raimie.
Come to think of it, I can, at Cameron Highlands. :-)

C K said...

@joeru,
You're from Singapore as well? Somehow, it's not that sour... perhaps it's the soil, I supposed. :)

C K said...

@my bug life,
Cream and sugar sure sound sinful to me... mmm... oh, we do see cherries here as well.

I recall we used to fight for the lone cherry that adorned birthday cakes when we were young. lol

C K said...

@ecl,
Oh yeah, especially strawberries in chocolate fondue... it sure makes the sourness in strawberries more tolerable, I suppose.

C K said...

@kyh,
Strawberry ice cream toppings? You mean, as fresh fruits? Strawberries is used extensively in frozen yogurts as well!

C K said...

@Fëanor,
Honestly, I've not tried Indian mangoes before... or did I? Hmm... in Singapore, most supermarts carry Thai mangoes. Will look out for country of origin for mangoes sold in Tesco the next time round.

Btw, great post you got there!

C K said...

@lina,
Believe it or not, I've not been to Cameron before... will love to do that.

There are a number of farms that allow picking of strawberries in the UK but most of these are accessible by car only. Oh well...

waitingkitty said...

Oh...I love strawberries! The ones sold in London were so delicious and cheap! I think I paid about 1 pound only from the fruit stall just outside Earls Court station? I think fruits in Singapore are relatively more expensive comparing to anywhere!

Fëanor said...

CK: I think the Tesco mangoes are from Latin America. Not sure. It's mango season at the moment, so if you go to any Indian store (say the one on Drummond Street, near Euston Station), you'll be able to get a box of 'em. (And thanks for stopping by at mine).

Rudy said...

In Southern California, Strawberries are in abundance. They're cheap and sweet. It's easily our weekly fruit intake.

C K said...

@waitingkitty,
Oh wait... I think the apples, oranges and mangoes are relatively cheaper in Singapore. Suprisingly, most buy their apples individually instead of bundles of 5 like in Singapore.

C K said...

@Fëanor,
Really? But the last thing that I want would be to end up with overripe mangoes that I can't finish. But thanks for the tip, will check it out. Cheers!

C K said...

@rudy,
Oh, so did you pick them directly from the orchards?

Joeru said...

@ c k
Yes, from SG too. Came to london around 2 yrs ago, think same time as u guys. ;)

SheR. said...

Blueberries!!!
My in laws picked them up from their garden earlier last week. We had a big tray of it. Now it's all gone to my muffins. Be posting it soon! ;)

kyh said...

What I mean is the sauce for the ice-cream... :P

But I do love frozen strawberries in my ice-cream! Love the strawberry yoghurt as well too!

C K said...

@joeru,
Well, we should meet up for tea one of these days. Anyway, will be meeting up with Eaststopper next weekend just for that.

C K said...

@sher.
Oh that's almost as popular as strawberries in Tesco and Sainsbury. Guess that strawberries has got 'international' appeal.

Am more interested in the muffins anyway... hmm...

C K said...

@kyh,
Haha, I think you'll be best pal with my wife. She will pick the strawberries off her ice-cream before I have a go at it. lol

waitingkitty said...

Sorry, CK. I meant to say that fruits in Singapore are relatively more expensive than Hong Kong...except maybe durians, mangosteens and chiku?

C K said...

@waitingkitty,
lol, ok... that makes sense now. I think with China (agricultural giant) nearby, fruits have got to be cheaper in HK.

Durians!! Arghh... I'm going berserk!

Joeru said...

@ c k
Sure, good to see fellowmen. :D

Jasmine Shanea said...

Honestly, I prefer chocolates to strawberries. But durians have always had a special place in my heart. hahaha... only a true Singaporean will appreciate the wonders of durian. :)

C K said...

@jasmine shanea,
Oh yeah... and I think kyh will agree that it's Malaysians' favorite fruit as well!

Fëanor said...

Hey man. I see you're back. Btw, did you try out the cherries recently available? I got some Picota ones which I had not tried before. Yum-my. But they don't seem to be around any longer...

C K said...

@ Fëanor,
Hi again! Mmm... cherries are not exactly my favorite fruits. Don't know why, just don't like the taste. Probably due to some traumatic experiences that I had, which I choose to block out from my memory. :p