Love. Love. LOVE. Bentons are ready at the markets in the Willamette Valley. I had to buy a half-flat yesterday (this year’s prices, omg!) to put up a batch of no-pectin strawberry black pepper basil jam, inspired by Christine Ferber. Bentons might be the lightest in color of the strawberries, so they make ruby red jam. The taste is gorgeous: light yet complex, not really a true, musky, old-timey strawberry, but rather a little burst of sun.
And speaking of sun, where is it? I’m getting worried about my tomatoes.