Around half a million people descend on Wimbledon each year so it’s unsurprising that the quantity of strawberries and cream consumed at the event is equally as large1. Wimbledon spectators consume around 28,000 kilos of British strawberries which equates to 2,000 kilos per day which are then smothered in around 7,000 litres of fresh cream1. If all the strawberries consumed at Wimbledon were laid end-to-end they would stretch almost 37 miles, the same distance of travelling from Wimbledon to Reading2 - that’s a lot of strawberries!
Since its inception in 1877 spectators have been enjoying strawberries as a courtside snack. CNN explains that there is no definitive answer to the popularity of strawberries at the event but is a combination of timing and circumstance3.
Johnny Perkins3, Head of PR at All England Club says: “It was probably two things – strawberries were in season at the time the tournament was played, and in Victorian England they had become a fashionable thing to eat.”
Recipes such as the Strawberries and Cream Smoothie by Averie Cooks4 can be both a healthy and tasty alternative to the classic strawberries and cream enjoyed annually at Wimbledon. This type of recipe combined with dairy products such as milk or cream can be a great and tasty way to provide you with protein, calcium and vitamin D to help strengthen and maintain healthy bones.
We suggest the below recipe to enjoy…
- 1 to 11/2 cups of frozen strawberries (fresh may be used but ice will need to be added also)
- ¼ cup of milk or cream (Use skimmed milk or vegan milk such as soya or almond)
- Artificial sweetener
1. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Depending on how many strawberries you have used, their size, your blender, and your desired smoothie thickness and consistency, you may need more than 1/4 cup of milk/cream or add a splash of water to reach the desired consistency.
3. Serve immediately and enjoy! Any leftovers could be stored in a freezer to be consumed at a later date. Averie Cooks advises only storing any leftovers for up to 2 months.