“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” -Groucho Marx
Now that the solstice is behind us and summer is officially here (for most of us), it’s time to start enjoying the greatest fruits of the season. With the technical difficulties of the great scienceblogs migration (hopefully) behind us, I think I’ve discovered how to successfully bring a weekly song back to my weekend posts, too! Have a listen to Aimee Mann as she sings one of my favorites of hers,
Out where I live, in Oregon, now is the season that one of my favorite fruits of the year come in: strawberries!
Bright red, sweet, good for you, and full of vitamins, strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. When they’re in season, you have to seriously try to not run into them. But here in Oregon, there’s a very special variety of them that only bears fruit for about 3 weeks (starting in June) out of the whole year.
I refer, of course, to Oregon’s best-kept secret: Hood Strawberries! Dark red, super sweet and insanely perishable (you’re lucky if they’ll last 48 hours after picking), Hood Strawberries are, as far as I know, only available here in Oregon, grown in soil on the west side of the Cascades.
With their characteristic “bump-on-the-top” and their unmistakeable flavor, this is one of the best kept secrets of Oregon in June, and I’m letting it out right now. Why? Because some secrets are too good to keep, and this is one thing everyone should get a taste of before they die.
And for those of you who can’t stand only having them 2-3 weeks out of the year?
Make jam. Hood Strawberries make amazing jam, and require — unlike practically every other fruit — barely any added sugar to get an absolutely delicious jam out. Whatever your regions secrets are, whatever summer surprises your part of the world holds, be sure and enjoy it to the fullest.
And a great start-of-the-new-season to you all!