Monday, April 10, 2006

Strawberries

The markets came to life last week. We had seen strawberries from Spain for a couple of weeks, but none grown locally. Now we can buy garriguettes, the sharper and sweeter strawberries that will be with us into the summer. The more fragrant Mara des Bois will be in a little later. Last year I counted seven distinct varieties of strawberry in Cahors market, including the international strawberry, the Agathe. Poor old Agatha: she seems to have given her name to supermarket standard potatoes as well as berries. Perhaps she is the patron saint of the bland.

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