Paris-based food blogger David Lebovitz sends out an e-newsletter the first of every month and for May, he mentioned “les fraises gariguettes” for a strawberry granita recipe. Intrigued by what was so special about these strawberries, which I had seen by the bountiful in the Paris markets recently, I decided to do a quick google search and came upon this post on AngloInfo.com and this post from The Cook’s Atelier. After reading that, I immediately bought une petit boîte of strawberries for myself from the corner marché on rue de Levis and ate them with some tea in the afternoon. Mind. Blown.
Apparently gariguette strawberries are from Provence and are considered the best of the best when it comes to French strawberries. When someone wrote that these strawberries were the perfect balance between sweet and sour, and had a soft texture where you can literally eat them by using only your tongue, they were not joking. I seriously was able to do that with these strawberries. I don’t think I can ever go back to the “woodier” strawberries they sell in the US. It’s not even fair to compare them as they are on two completely different levels. So if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris between April and June, and see these fraises gariguettes – buy them! Near the end of the season, they’re a bit cheaper too – right now, they’re about 19,95 euros per kilo.