It's the Strawberry time of year again. Market stalls, supermarkets will look like this - and on restaurant menus, Fraise de Carpentras will definitely be one of the desert choices ...
Fraise de Carpentras or Strawberries from Carpentras are well known and very much a favorite in Provence and throughout France.
As you drive through the countryside here, you will see the long dome shaped green houses that have been protecting the fruit during the cold weather.
On the road from Carpentras to Pernes les Fontaines, the rond point in the village of Velleron .....
You know that you are in serious Strawberry country when a nearby Rond Point (Roundabout), displays a "geant fraise" decoration.
Patisserie cream on a flaky crust, topped off with loads of rich red strawberries from Carpentras! Yes .. this one's a winner. #1
More place winners ... again from a previous year ... yum! Wish I could be there. Does #10 look like little strawberry cornets with some kind of yummy filling? Wonder what the filling is? Perhaps cream cheese "perfumed' with local lavender honey?
Since I can't be in Provence for the Fete de la Fraise this year ... I will just have to have my own celebration with one of my favorite strawberry recipes ... Pavlova with Strawberries
like this one... this is one of my favorite and easiest recipes (and definitely make ahead friendly!)
If you are in Provence on April 21st - and would like to visit the Fete de la Fraise you can find more information at: http://www.carpentras.fr/decouvrir-carpentras/temps-forts/fete-de-la-fraise-2012-1497.html