Strawberries came much earlier last year.
By early May last year I had posted a recipe for strawberry pie and strawberry-vanilla jam. Tidwell’s Berry Farm had a stand set up near my house and I stopped two or three times a week to buy berries. By the end of May (or before) the berries were gone.
Strawberries were later this year. I thought they were never going to come. The first berries that I got were in early May when one of my assistants brought an entire flat in….and I ended up bringing half of it home. Most of those berries ended up in my freezer for smoothies because life was a little busy at that moment and there was no way that Philip and I could eat those fragile little gems before they rotted away.
I kept looking for the berry stand to go up but it never did….then I noticed that a little produce shop near our house called the Corner Market (on the corner of Hixson Pike and Thrasher Pike) was advertising Tidwell’s strawberries, so I decided to stop there on a grocery run last week. Then on my way home, guess who I saw set up near my house? That’s right-Tidwell Berry Farm.
Oh well. I didn’t have cash anyway….
I’ve decided that every week this summer needs a novel frozen treat. Nothing is off-limits. Popsicles, ice cream, granitas, etc., etc. If you have any requests/suggestions/ideas, please let me know.
The idea for strawberry popsicles with lime & herbs actually came from a vacation to Myrtle Beach where we ate at the Melting Pot (I have to post some fondue recipes on here sometime. It’s fun-to-do! Wha wha….). They had a drink that was like strawberry-basil lemonade. It was nine dollars but it was delicious. The idea popped into my head to turn the idea into strawberry popsicles, but lime seemed more fitting than lemon here for some reason. Then I bought some mint to make tabbouleh and sent myself into a tailspin. So I ended up making half basil and half mint.
Fruit-based strawberry popsicles are one of my favorite frozen treats. They are my “go-to” whenever a stomach virus rears its ugly head. Better than Jell-o (though those Jell-o gelatin pops that Bill Cosby used to hawk on television still hold fond memories for me and I wish they still existed…), better than Sprite. Maybe not better than Ruffles…but equal to. Definitely. These are sweetened naturally with just a smidge of honey (less than a tablespoon per pop) and the herbs add a perfect amount of “interest”. By the way, I ordered my popsicle mold here.
Try these strawberry popsicles with lime and herbs if you want a delicious way to use your spring strawberries!
Yield: 10 popsicles
4 hr, 20 Prep Time:
4 hr, 20 Total Time:
- 1 pint strawberries (washed & hulled)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup lime juice (4 limes yielded this for me)
- zest of two limes
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint or basil
- 1/2 cup water
- Combine the honey, lime juice, water, zest, and herbs in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then turn off the heat. Steep the herbs for ten minutes.
- Place the strawberries and the honey, lime, and herb mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth then pour into popsicle molds.
- Place in freezer until completely frozen. Release from popsicle mold and serve.