Strawberries are my favorite fruit. They are sweet and full of flavor. I will pay anything or go anywhere for fresh organic strawberries.
Late last fall, we decided to plant strawberries in one of our four raised bed gardens. We purchased a few dozen plants of the “Sweet Charlie” variety from a local nursery and planted them in early November. Once the plants started to bear fruit, we covered the entire bed with bird netting to ensure that the squirrels didn’t have a feast on our delicious strawberries. It didn’t take very long until we had numerous berries. I was a little concerned that I would be disappointed from the strawberries we planted since the locally grown strawberries I had in the past were small, seedy and lacking flavor. I am pleasantly surprised that they are, in fact, large and full of flavor.
We had our first harvest in February and a few more berries since then. Because the winter here in Florida has been relatively mild this year, I am assuming that we had an early harvest and will have another one in a few weeks or so. There are still plenty of flowers on the plants so I am looking forward to more fresh strawberries.
Given my love of strawberries, it should be no surprise that I love this strawberry bruschetta. It is quick, easy and a favorite among dinner guests. The flavors of each of the ingredients combine nicely to form an appetizer that is fresh and sweet.