Sweet Eve is a truly British strawberry, both bred and grown in this country. Unlike other varieties which are imported from abroad but grown here in the UK, Sweet Eve has been developed specifically for our Great British climate.

It thrives in the special weather conditions of this country, meaning it is sweeter and more flavourful when ripe.

In the UK, a novel approach is being pioneered by growers to prevent grey mould from ruining crops.

Tara says.. "This is the classic Long Island Iced Tea, containing just a hint of citrus.  It is best made with best quality alcohol.  

Watch out, it is very strong, but tastes very good, so you may not realise all the alcohol you're consuming".

You've been warned  :)

 

Wondering what on earth Spumoni is?  Well so did we, and it turns out that Spumoni is a moulded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colours and flavours, usually containing candied fruits and nuts....and it sounds delicious!

It usually has three flavours, with a fruit/nut layer between them.  The ice cream layers are often mixed with whipped cream and the most popular flavours of the ice-cream layers are generally cherry, pistachio, and either chocolate or vanilla, with the fruit/nut layer often containing cherry bits.  The combination of the ingredients results in the traditional red/pink, green, and brown colour combination.

Sadly, our UK cherry orchards are in decline and most of our cherries are now imported from abroad.  

The cherry is part of the same family as the peach, apricot, plum and almond...namely the Rosaceae family.

These small, red fleshy fruits are believed to have been first introduced to Britain in the 1st Century A.D. by the Romans, having first discovered the little fruit in the Asia Minor in 700 BC.  In days of old cherries were used for medicinal purposes as well as for culinary uses.