A few days ago, on a camping trip in Idaho, we stumbled upon a patch of wild strawberries. In size, they were the smaller than a pea, yet surprisingly, bursted with so much strawberry flavor, it was hard to believe the flavor was real and not manufactured. It was as if all the strawberry flavor of a regular sized strawberry was packed into their tiny little bodies, they were so intense and delicious.
If you live in the Spokane area, fresh ripe strawberries are ready to be picked at Knapps Farm in Green Bluff which I hope to do in the next few days. As with all produce, the longer they are left to ripen on the vine, the more flavor they will pack. So if you can pick something yourself, do it!
The next best option is to go to your local farmers market. Here produce is picked right before it is sold, given time to ripen on the vine. Much of the produce that finds it way to our grocery stores have been picked early for travel, ripening off the vine, producing a fruit or vegetable that often lacks in flavor and vibrancy.