Popular Post abcdefg Posted March 13, 2016 at 10:46 AM Popular Post Report Share Posted March 13, 2016 at 10:46 AM Strawberry high season has arrived in Kunming. They are abundant, sweet and inexpensive. Thought I would give you a glimpse of this delicious Yunnan-style treat. Maybe inspire you to go out hunting for some in your city. Bought these beauties yesterday. Enough for three or four generous servings; cost 10 Yuan, the equivalent of a dollar and a half. The season here has “shoulders” since lots of berries are grown in large plastic tents called 塑料大篷。The farmers roll up the sides and open louvers in the top during the warm hours of the day, and then close up at night. Some smaller, family-run operations grow them outside under open air. They arguably have more flavor, even though they don’t look quite as nice. Those are called 露天。 Large berries cost more than small ones. The “sweet spot” for ones which look pretty nice but aren’t ornamental-grade huge is currently about 15 Yuan per 斤, 500 Grams. I bought 10 块 worth. Vendors like to sell larger amounts; if you aren't firm about your needs, you will probably get more than you want. I take out a 10 Yuan note and hold it in my hand during the negotiation, making it clear that's my limit. Strawberries grow close to the ground, so I first wash them a couple times gently in water just to remove big debris. I use tap water for that. Then I soak them for about 15 minutes in some previously-boiled-and-cooled water to which I have added a couple pinches of salt. It’s a trick taught me by a local housewife, who said sometimes there are tiny bugs that you can’t see and this kills them. Drain them and pare or pull off the tops. Slice into halves. Sprinkle with a little granulated sugar. Toss gently to coat. Let them stand in the refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes. Serve by adding some unflavored yogurt. The container will say 风味 or sometimes 原味。Chinese yogurt is always a little bit sweet whether it says so on the outside or not. Kunming has lots of fresh fruit and fresh flowers. One of the glories of the place is this seasonal bounty. Buy now, don't wait. They might not be here tomorrow. The fleeting nature of these small pleasures is almost allegorical. (Insert verse from the Rubaiyat here.) Whether as a desert or a late evening snack, they make for another simple, inexpensive, healthy “Life is good” China moment. Enjoy while you can. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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