With excellent growing conditions recently, Australia's largest supply region and home of winter production for strawberries, Queensland, is expecting a 30% increase in berries coming into the market from this week, which is fantastic news for strawberry lovers across Australia.
According to Queensland Strawberries President, Adrian Schultz, "Warm, dry sunny days and cool nights have created perfect growing conditions which means that shoppers will soon be able to grab a few punnets of strawberries on every shop".
So, if you're a strawberry lover, there is no better time than now to head into your local store to stock up on great value fruit, with a huge influx of strawberries from local Aussie growers hitting shelves any minute!
The Queensland winter strawberry season is officially in full swing and will run until October. For more information about Queensland Strawberries visit: qldstrawberries.com.au
2 punnets strawberries, hulled then halved
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the strawberries, sugar, lemon and vinegar in a bowl, toss well to combine. Place on cookie tray lined with baking paper, aligning in a single layer for even cooking.
Roast the strawberries for 10 minutes or until just releasing their juices. Allow to cool then serve.
- In a bowl, whisk together goat cheese with a teaspoon of honey until smooth. Spread the cheese mixture on your favourite bread, such as a baguette. Top with the roasted strawberries. Drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar salt & pepper. Add mint/fresh herbs for garnish.
- Toss through a salad
- serve with croissants, camembert & spinach