Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon
Eating Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon is the traditional way to enjoy the biggest tennis event of the year. Fresh strawberries are simply bathed in fresh whipping cream which is defines that the British summer and Wimbledon has arrived.
An easy, no-cook, yet delicious treat that comes with history and tradition. Strawberries and cream have long been served at Wimbledon since the first tournament in 1877 and since Monday is the start of this 2 week tennis event, I’m bringing you the recipe and the history.
Who invented strawberries and cream?
It is believed that it was King George V who first brought strawberries and cream to Wimbledon in the early 1900’s. The reason? Strawberries were the only fruit available at the time and apparently strawberries were very fashionable to eat at that time.
Nothing says summer has arrived in England more than the Wimbledon tennis championship. It is the highlight of the British summer social calendar and anyone who’s anyone will be attending.
Strawberries are at their peak right now, so it’s perfect timing because more than 61,000 pounds of strawberries, more than 1,800 gallons of cream and more than 26,000 bottles of Champagne will be served. Wow, that’s a lot of hungry (and thirsty) people attending.
How to hull strawberries
It may seem like a silly thing, isn’t it a matter of just cutting off the green top? Yes, but you also want to keep the strawberries shape for a nice presentation.
After removing the leaves, I take a small paring knife and cut around the white part so that a ‘cone’ shape of the core is removed and from the side, the strawberries still look perfectly intact.
The cream is not whipped or sweetened. The thick, cold cream is simply drizzled over the sweet strawberries and eaten that way. It’s the best and only way to enjoy them, so why mess with tradition?
So if you’re a tennis fan (or even if you’re not), strawberries and cream are the perfect summer treat.
Another tradition since 1971 at Wimbledon is the Pimm’s No. 1 Cup Cocktail. Which is also a traditional British summer drink (see pic below).
I have a delicious twist on the classic Pimm’s, Pimm’s strawberry mint cocktail (below) that would also pair perfectly with strawberries and cream.
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33 Comments on “Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon”
I made, chopped starwberry with fresh cream and added some starwberry puree, sprinkled some powdered sugar too, made it wholesome. taste it to believe it…
i was drowned….in strawberry
Since this is November and strawberries are out of season, I like to dice them after coring and sprinkle about 1 T. of sugar over them, mixing well and allowing them to macerate ~20 minutes. To serve, I spoon as much of the macerated berries as I want (with their juice) into a dish and pour heavy whipping cream over – and I like a lot of cream with my berries. And I’m going to prep my strawberries right now!
This sounds like a delicious way to make the most of out of season strawberries. Enjoy!
How many servings does this recipe make?
The serving is at the top of the recipe, it yields 2 servings. I factored 10 strawberries per person but this can be changed according to how many people want.
I always serve this for my finals viewing party, with Pimms. takes me right back home.
I like this 🙂
This one reminds me of my childhood. During the summer months, nearly every night after dinner we would have strawberries and cream for dessert. I just loved it! Though I had no idea that it was/is a Wimbledon tradition! I’m going to have to let my mom know 🙂
I had no idea this was a “thing” for Wimbledon. I blame this on the Middletons who have their lovely box seats at Wimbledon but are never photographed eating strawberries and heavy cream. But still, they are definitely missing out and this should be a tradition everywhere.
Lucky for me, I love both tennis and Strawberries. The cream is a very refreshing idea.
Maybe one day we can go to Wimbledon and experience the real thing 🙂
What a wonderful and delicious post Janette!
Simple and perfect for summer! Anything with strawberries is a winner!
You’re so right Florian 🙂
Just gorgeous Janette! Perfect and very simple dessert!
Simple is perfect sometimes! This looks delicious!
I love watching Wimbeldon and can’t wait to make Strawberries and Cream. Thanks so much for the history.
Sometimes simple is best! Starting with the best strawberries, of course! Goodness this looks lovely!
I agree Elizabeth, thank you for stopping by
I am loving your “posts from home.” Love seeing foods inspired by different cultures.
Aww thank you so much Peter
Simple for sure and thanks for the background information.
Thank you Patty 🙂
What an elegant dessert! I love strawberries Janette! Pinned and shared!
So simple but yet so delicious! I love that pour shot!!!
These look heavenly! So simple and elegant!
Thank you Serena
So simple, yet so delicious! Even if you aren’t a tennis fan 😉
Such a fun post – big fan of Wimbledon and strawberries & cream – will need to make up a batch this week (and loving your champagne flutes!)
Thank you Deanna
So simple and beautiful! I could really go for some of this right now! Yum!
I’ve eaten too much of them this week 🙂