The Humble Strawberry Is Very Much A Part Of Gozo’s Healthy, Mediterranean Cuisine. Pauline Dwyer Shares Her Very Own Recipe For A Delicious Strawberry And Chia Jam.
Strawberry season starts in January and continues right through until May, with farmers preparing their fields for planting in the hot months of August and September. It goes without saying that these mouth-watering berries are full of goodness. They are rich in fibre and packed with antioxidants and nutrients such as potassium, folate, and manganese. They are also loaded with vitamin C which helps boost the immune system warding off colds, flu’s and respiratory infections, making them an important addition to our diet especially given our present situation.
As delicious as the strawberry is to eat on its own, it also makes for some exciting recipes and I had the pleasure of creating and sharing this delightful Strawberry & Chia Seed Jam recipe for you all to enjoy. The strawberries were sourced from the fabulous fruit & vegetable market in Victoria, where they were grown and picked on a farm near Ghajnsielem.
Time: 15 Minutes
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup/honey (optional)
Wash and roughly chop the strawberries.
Transfer to a saucepan and cook until the fruit starts to break down. Use a potato masher or a
fork to assist with this, leaving it smooth or lumpy depending on your preference.
Stir in the lemon juice and sweetener (if using)
Remove from heat and add in chia seeds, stirring to combine. Chia seeds will thicken the jam.
Once the jam has cooled transfer it to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. (Can also be frozen).
Enjoy this sweet delight on toast or a homemade scone or add to natural yoghurt for a simple dessert.
Author and Images: Pauline Dwyer
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