Fresh Strawberries & Red Wine


Fresh Strawberries & Red Wine

Did you know strawberries are a member of the rose family & the only fruit with seeds on the outside? Rich in vitamin C, the ancient Romans prized strawberries for their medicinal properties eating them to treat fever, fainting & even kidney stones. From spring through early fall, strawberries are a healthy & delicious dessert. They taste even better with a splash of red wine, lemon juice, a bit of sugar & fresh mint. The berries absorb the wine, and lemon juice while macerating making a naturally sweet syrup with fresh, juicy flavors. Serves 3-4

Simple Ingredients

  • 1 pint – 3 ½ cups of fresh, whole, organic strawberries

  • ½ cup Villa Graziella Organic Rosso Toscano IGT red wine, plus extra to flavor

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons of sugar in the raw, plus extra to flavor

  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh mint

Easy Directions

  1. Place strawberries in a colander, gently rinse with red wine

  2. Transfer to a large bowl

  3. Trim green caps, cut in quarters or halves

  4. Add lemon juice, sugar in the raw & sprigs of fresh mint

  5. Mix thoroughly

  6. Cover & refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour

  7. Serve chilled top with fresh mint & enjoy!

Helpful hint: Look for unblemished strawberries, one berry that has turned will affect the others.

Once home, refrigerate strawberries and keep them dry, only trim & rinse right before using.

Inspiration recipe found here LaCucinaItalianamagazine