Summer solstice and the strawberry moon

Today, we have the unusual event of the full moon being on the summer solstice. The last time this happened was 1967 – or 1948, depending on the source. Anyway, it has been a long time! I hope you will have clear skies to enjoy the beauty of the moon tonight.

The full moon in June is the Strawberry Moon. This traditional name tells us that it is time to enjoy one of the summer’s tastiest treats! Locally grown strawberries are in Minnesota markets right now. Strawberries are very healthy, containing a number of vitamins and minerals with antioxidant properties. I enjoy the small and tender local berries plain, to savor their more intense flavor.

strawberriesIf your strawberries are not sufficiently delicious on their own, zip them up with some Balsamic Vinegar and a bit of sweetener. This recipe is very slightly modified from The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook by Jack Bishop from America’s Test Kitchen.

Macerated Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar (serves 4)

2 pints strawberries: washed, hulled and cut up into pieces
1 tablespoon good quality, aged Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

  1. Place the berries in a large bowl and toss with the sugar
  2. Let the berries stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes
  3. Add the vinegar and toss again
  4. Serve immediately, on its own or with cookies or gelato
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