It’s hard to imagine that it could escape anyone’s attention, with stalls along the roadside and the immensely popular Festa Frawli in Mġarr last weekend, but it’s strawberry time on our islands! Even though the strawberry is not actually a local product, it has been introduced very successfully and is now a famous seasonal fruit, that many look forward to with glee. However, as one of the horticultural experts that we interviewed during our AgroKatina research project explained, it is one of the most demanding crops, and requires a lot of inputs in terms of water, fertilizers and pesticides. Luckily, due to popular demand, some local organic growers have also started cultivating strawberries. You can find them for example at the lovely Vincent’s Eco Farm O’Veg shop in Zebbiegħ, on the road to Mġarr.
This year we published the AgroKatina report about the local fruit & vegetable supply chain, and the pocket guide highlighting when local fruits & veggies are in season. Find out more on www.foemalta.org/agrokatina, where you can also order a free copy of the pocket guide.
Chocolate covered strawberries
These chocolate covered strawberries are a quick, delicious & healthy dessert, and who doesn’t like that?
Ingredients & method:
• 20 strawberries
• 120 ml coconut oil, melted
• 90 g cacao powder
• 40 ml agave or date syrup
• Pinch of salt
Wash the strawberries and pat dry. Melt the coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of boiling water. Once it’s completely melted, mix in the agave or date syrup. Take off the heat and whisk in the cacao powder and a pinch of salt. Leave to cool until the mixture is thickened but still liquid. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate mixture and place on a plate. Transfer the plate to the freezer for a few minutes until the chocolate has hardened. Keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve, or just eat them directly
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