Springtime ! I’m Ready- Some Phrases for ‘Fraises’ and Poems for Poseys…….

Mar 20



We all need a break from the winter…a transition time to welcome a new spring into our lives.. I’ve had mine and my thoughts ,here in Oregon at least,naturally travel to images, the scents and tastes of Strawberries and Roses. That being said, we must wait until June for harvest time for the most wonderful of berries- Oregon strawberries. The season is so very short and the fruit is so red and sweet-deliciously  perishable. If you find yourself on an outing with the kids to a U Pick ‘Em patch, fewer berries leave in the baskets bound for pies, freezer jam and to be preserves or frozen for the next winter uses than those that sre nestled in happy little bellies- it is the rule!

June is also when we can get excited about another of Oregon’s wonders. Beautiful rose gardens start blooming and assault our senses with an undeniable wafting in the air ofnature’s perfume and the riot of the color palette we will get to see. Whether it is a lonesome bush, bedraggled and unkempt with one perfect bud that has survived in a sorry little patch of dirt or the magnificently displayed floral layout of The Rose Garden at Washington Park ,The Oregon Garden in rural Silverton or one of the many lush and glorious, private , hidden arrangements of bushes, climbers and miniatures – rosa rugosa ….Oregon’s home rose gardens.

The Portland Rose Festival has been an annual affair since 1907 with numerous festivities including the Portland Rose  Festival Grand FloralParade.U.S.Navy,U.S.C.G. and Canadian Navy ships steam up the Willamette River and dock along side our riverfront and join in with the celebrations.There is a carnival on the waterfront with rides, fun, foods and music. One tends to forget the exciting contests for the roses that are the most important event to the “flora aficionados”.Think of it, this all really started as a way to acknowledge the raising of a flower!

Portland Rose Garden

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn,

Should never crave the rose    By Anne Bronte

The Thorn and The Rose

1 1/2 oz. Organic Nation Vodka, 

1/2 oz. Clear Creek Williams Pear Brandy

add juice of one half lime, 1 oz. Oregon strawberry puree, 1 1/2 oz. simple syrup . Shake with ice, strain into a stemmed glass; float 3 red rose petals on top and add 2-3 dashes of rose water.

Fresh Macerated Strawberries
Recipe type: prepared fruit
Prep time: 
Total time: 

Serves: 10-12

Serve with ice cream sundaes,smoothies,shakes,shortcakes or puree for favorite strawberry beverages such as strawberry lemonade, Margaritas, or daiquiris
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed and hulled and diced or sliced
  • 1 pound pkg. frozen IQF strawberries ,defrosted and mashed (no syrup)
  • zest of one small lemon or lime
  • zest one small orange
  • juice of one lemon or lime and one orange
  • ¼ cup sugar or honey
  • very small pinch of sea salt

  1. In a medium bowl, add the fruit juices and sugar or honey, stir well
  2. Add mashed frozen strawberries and stir well
  3. Add fresh strawberries and stir well
  4. Add very small pinch of sea salt
  5. Stir well, cover bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight

During the winter, how do I get my craving for strawberries satisfied? If one relies solely on the California and Mexican berries in the supermarket, there are going to be some disappointments. However, I have found a way to come close to a reasonable substitute for some good Oregon strawberry flavor. Something that can make a Strawberry Sundae, a smoothie, a milk shake, a decent shortcake or perhaps added to other fruits for a simple compote quite palatable. You start with those beautiful to look at, but not much flavor, market berries, add some frozen strawberries with out syrup and….. Well, here is the recipe. Make some of this mixture, keep in the refrigerator and enjoy when you can’t get those amazing Oregon strawberries.   

AMAZING FACTS : Grind some black pepper over a bowl of fresh strawberries and see what happens. Delicious! Americans love them…94% of all Americans eat strawberries regularly. Did you know that they are the only fruit that have the seeds on the outside-200 of them ?

There are 10,000 cultivated varieties and 5,000 plus species of roses. Make a delightful tea of dried rose petals and rose hips-add hot water, steep for 5 minutes and strain. Add a little honey for a new experience. Salads love rose petals. Pick them in the early morning. Wash the petals, trim the bitter part where they were attached, and add to your salads or use as a garnish. The older rose varieties tend to have the best flavor. 

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. “ James M. Barrie

“One might ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.” GOETHE

Let me take you down,’cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields, nothing to get hungabout,

Strawberry Fields forever.

The Beatles-Sony/ATV/Music pub.LLC


  1. Daniel Werner /

    This is good, Ross.
    I am absolutely ready to hit the strawberry fields.
    Ah …….

    • Muchas gracias!That’s for sure, Daniel. We all are ready for Spring (ing) into some Summer berry patches.

      • Love the reminder about pepper on strawberries. This is one that maybe you hear about but then…I am gonna remember to try it!

  2. Sherri Mayhew /

    What a delicious picture of the strawberries in a red colander! Yum!!!!

    • Yep! Strawberry time will be here soon. Tip to all…freeze as many as your fridge will hold. You will be glad you did come a November Saturday morning when you are making waffles.

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