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Strawberries and cream: Combine the two for National Strawberries and Cream Day

National Strawberries and Cream Day
National Strawberries and Cream Day
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National Strawberries and Cream Day is celebrated on May 21. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a combination of two favorites: strawberries and cream. The simple combination of fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream has been a popular dish for centuries. In medieval England, it was customary for newlyweds to enjoy strawberries and soured cream for their wedding breakfast.

The strawberry is the first fruit to ripen each spring. Strawberries are healthy because they contain high levels of Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium. The mixture of strawberries and cream is good to serve to your family and to your guests at a special dinner party. This dessert will impress everyone.

If you’re feeling experimental, there are many interesting variations on the classic strawberries and cream recipe. Try flavoring your whipped cream with amaretto liqueur or substituting a combination of fat-free sour cream and brown sugar instead. For a more elaborate dessert, put together a trifle with alternating layers of fruit, cream, and a sweet pastry such as ladyfinger cookies. Go with a stuffed strawberries recipe for a delicious end to your meal. There are many other varieties for strawberries and cream that you can try, and they are all sure to be a hit with your family and friends. For more ideas, check out these recipes.

To celebrate National Strawberries and Cream Day, go to a local farm and pick your own fresh strawberries as a fun spring activity for the entire family, or pick up a batch from the grocery store. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious snack of strawberries and cream at home.