Thursday, 11 July 2013

Ripe Strawberries, Ripe!

Here's Foodie Ann…

"Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did" said C16 physician William Butler. What else could this be but the strawberry – ‘the well known and much esteemed fruit’ as Mrs. Beeton described it.

In past centuries Londoners got their fruit not from Kent, but from Hammersmith, Ealing and Isleworth. Women started  picking as soon as it was light, then set off before 7 am at a 5 mph trot – something between a walk and a run. They could carry up to 40 lbs of strawberries on their heads, balanced on cushions in large baskets, and they made 3 trips a day. Just as in 2013 the pickers weren’t locals, although they came not from Eastern Europe, but from Wales and the Welsh borders.

Join Ann’s Foodie London walk this Saturday July 13 for more foodie titbits. Meet at 10.45 at Embankment tube.

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at


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