Preparatory to anything else, I put up six half-pints and five mini-jars of strawberry-elderflower jam yesterday. I couldn’t resist a half-flat of Bentons at the Saturday Market, just because we had been discussing them. And the MFP Hotline people were right, they are bright red and make a tasty jam. They’re also delicious, a lighter but still complex, flowery strawberry taste than my beloved Seascapes. I thought the Bentons were better than the Shuksans I used for jam last year.
I also bought a pint of “Honey-Os” (Honeoyes) for eating. Though I had planned differently, I was once again seduced by no-pectin strawberry jam. The Honeoyes were really tart. I thought they’d add a bit of natural pectin, so I threw them in the mix. Perhaps they did; the jam’s rather runny, but I think it will set up a bit firmer than what it looks like now. The color is really nice (as you can see for yourself here), and would have been even better had I opted to use pectin and therefore not to cook it so long.
Anyway, the header picture is a berry color comparison. Left to right: Seascape from my strawberry planter, Benton from the Slusher farm, Honeoye from Hentze Family Farm. Each variety has different sizes and shapes, so the size here means nothing.