trawberry season has began, yaaay! Maybe you didn’t know, but strawberries are my favorite fruit! So, today I’m making simple, yet delicious dessert – strawberry panna cotta!
What is Panna Cotta?
Panna cotta means ‘cooked cream’ when translated from Italian, and it is one of the Italian classics. It is a very popular dessert, I guess because it is not only delicious, but so simple to make! The origin of panna cotta isn’t precisely determined; however, it is believed that it appeared in Langhe, a hilly part of the Piemonte, a region in Northern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, if you wan’t to learn more, or if you prefer chocolate panna cotta, check my extra creamy recipe.
A Few Words about Strawberries
I have discovered quite a few interesting things about strawberries! For example, if the Encyclopedia Larousse Gastronomique is to be trusted, strawberries were cherished as medicinal plants even in ancient Rome, some two centuries before Christ, imagine that!
Fast forward to medieval times – alchemist were considering strawberries to be a “panacea” – universal cure for every illness! Until 18th century only available were wild strawberries, but then people started to cultivate and grow them in their gardens, so today we have no less than 103 species of strawberries!
BTW – when you think of strawberries I bet that the only color you imagine is red, right? Wrong! Apart from being red, strawberries can be yellow, blue, purple, white, and black! Well, not exactly black, you know, like a tar, but of deep dark violet color. Anyway-amazing, right?
Now, some more facts; strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside and every strawberry has, on average, some 200 seeds. They are the members of the rose family – so, don’t forget to stop and smell the strawberries at least once a day! :)
They are also very healthy, low in calories and high in vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium and amino acids. Did you know that strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges? Well, they do!
Now here’s a weird one – believe it or not – there is a fear of strawberries and it is called fragariaphobia! A fear of strawberries, imagine that!
And finally, there is this thing called “La Wépionnaise”! Ha! I got you there, haven’t I? Now, what the fudge is “La Wépionnaise”?
Well – it’s a beer, more precisely, a Belgian beer – made of strawberries! You see, there is a Belgian village of Wépion, and the people there love their strawberries so much that they have a museum dedicated to this lovely delicious fruit! And in that museum there is a shop where you can purchase many different strawberry products like jams, liquers etc. – and the strawberry beer “La Wépionnaise”! Now, as far as I’m concerned, a line has to be drawn somewhere, so I say – forget about the beer, and let’s make some yummy, sweet and delicious strawberry panna cotta!
Well, what do you think about this post?
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