Friday, March 28, 2008

Manassero Strawberries

I had a very blessed childhood, and I know it, but one of the wonderful blessings that I totally took for granted was growing up on the best strawberries in the world. I am not exaggerating. There is no comparison to Manassero Farms strawberries, straight from the strawberry stand. I remember driving out there (it seemed very far) with my mom to get fresh strawberries. I didn't realize it at the time, but I would never find another strawberry even close to the sweet, juicy, deliciousness that is a Manassero Farms strawberry. I think that they are only located in various parts of Orange County, so if you are ever up that way, I highly recommend stopping and getting a taste of strawberry heaven.

Because I loved strawberries so much as a child (and teenager,) I am a sucker for strawberries as an adult. Whenever I would see good looking strawberries in the grocery store, I usually ended up buying them, and I was always disappointed. So now I try to restrain myself (sometimes I give in though.) I even went to a farmers' market (in Del Mar) to buy strawberries, and was disappointed. Does anyone have any strawberry advice for the San Diego area? Or do I just have to indulge when I'm in Orange County?

When I was at my parents' house last weekend, my mom had some fresh Manassero Farms strawberries waiting for us, but with a twist: they were the biggest strawberries I've ever seen!

Our weekend was jam packed with activities so we didn't get to have a leisurely fruit dip lunch as we often have when we are there. But I thought I would share the fruit dip recipe with you anyway because it is so yummy.

Combine a 7 oz jar of marshmallow cream with 8 oz of softened cream cheese and beat until fluffy. Tastes great on strawberries, apples, and bananas (so I've heard, I'm not a banana fan.)

It is a wonderful way to take something healthy like fruit, and turn it into something not healthy. But it is delicious :)


moowiesqrd said...

You know, the further north it is, the better it tastes. There's a strawberry stand off of Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria (1/2 hr. south of SLO) that has incredibly juicy, sweet, and huge strawberries. Can't find anything like that in San Diego. The ones at the market are usually picked too early for the sugars to develop, so I'd stick to the farmer's markets. You should check out the Hillcrest one! It's one of the best in SD... let me know if you're interested and we can go (Sundays 9a-1p).

Liz said...

Oooo... those strawberries look very delicious!