It’s Friday the 13th and a strawberry moon, apparently a rare phenomena to have the two of these occur simultaneously.
In North America, harvest season for strawberries typically takes place during June and so the month’s full moon is christened as such. The Algonquin tribes (Indigenous population that has inhabited the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec) apparently used the term strawberry as well for the June full moon. Other names include the rose moon (Europe) and the honey moon.
The moon gets its light due to its proximity to the horizon at this time of the year and the effect of scattered long wavelengths of light. And now the food…
Celebrate strawberry season!!! Opt for local, organic or both. Eat within a few days of purchasing (assuming they last that long). Wash just before eating; the water-soluble nutrients leak out after being thoroughly washed in water. Strawberries are known for their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are high in vitamin C.
Here are some ideas to take advantage of the (hopefully) bountiful harvest:
- chocolate covered strawberries (fair-trade dark chocolate with 70% cocoa content is best)
- spinach salad with strawberries and an olive oil/balsamic vinegar vinaigrette
- eat them naked! (the strawberries, not you!)
- if you must bake them (the nutritional content becomes seriously comprised in this form), mix them with some rhubarb and make muffins or scones
- mash them up and serve between biscuits (strawberry shortcake), on top of pancakes or over a frozen dessert
- make a raw trail mix with almonds, strawberries (and dark chocolate chips if you like)