Our first taste

Our first taste

Strawberries

Our sweet, juicy strawberries are hand-picked and 100% British*. Make the most of them in these quick and simple recipes 

Strawberry cheesecake bites 

These delicious mouthfuls have all the flavour of the popular dessert, but require a fraction of the effort

Makes 16 • Ready in 20 mins 

  • 16 large Co-op British strawberries, hulled 
  • 200g Co-op light soft cheese 
  • 2 tbsp Co-op strawberry jam 
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional) 
  • 60g Co-op ginger nut biscuits
  1. Using a small knife, carefully cut away some of the insides of each strawberry, leaving a hollow. 
  2. Mix together the soft cheese, strawberry jam and lemon zest, if using, until smooth. Using a teaspoon, fill each strawberry with the mixture. 
  3. Put the ginger nuts into a freezer bag, then bash into fine crumbs with a rolling pin. Tip onto a saucer and dip the end of each strawberry into the biscuit crumbs to coat. Serve immediately.
WASTE NOT

Blend the scooped-out strawberry centres with a banana and cold milk to make a tasty smoothie.

* Subject to availability


Strawberry margarita 

Bring summer vibes to this classic cocktail

Serves 2 • Ready in 10 mins  

  • 150g Co-op British strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped, plus 2 or 3 halved strawberries to garnish 
  • Juice of 2 limes, plus slices to garnish 
  • 1 tsp Co-op clear honey 
  • 60ml tequila 
  • 30ml orange liqueur 
  1. Fill two glasses with ice. Put the chopped strawberries into a blender with the lime juice and honey. Blend until smooth. Add the tequila and orange liqueur, and stir. 
  2. Divide the mixture between the glasses and serve garnished with the slices of lime and halved strawberries.

Energy per glass 568kJ/135kcal.
Alcohol units per glass 1.8**

** Approximate, based on Co-op branded alcohol where possible


Cheat’s strawberry jam

Make it an extra-special cream tea with this instant no-pan jam, ready in just 15 minutes

Serves 4 • Ready in 15 mins 

  • 227g pack Co-op British strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 75g Co-op Fairtrade light brown soft cane sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4 Co-op all butter scones
  • 4 tbsp Co-op reduced fat crème fraîche
  1. Mash the strawberries with a fork until they start to take on a jammy consistency. Drain off any excess juice. Add the sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract, if using, and mix well. Leave to steep for 10 mins.
  2. After 10 mins, give everything a mix and check the consistency — drain off more liquid if necessary to get a jam-like texture. Toast the scones, if you like, and top with the jam and crème fraîche to serve.  
WASTE NOT

This simple jam recipe is perfect for using up any overripe or slightly bruised strawberries.


Strawberry milk ice lollies 

Fill your freezer with these homemade lollies — they‘re a fruitier, fresher take on traditional versions

Makes 8 • Ready in 10 mins, plus 6 hours‘ freezing  

  • 227g pack Co-op British strawberries, hulled 
  • 300ml Co-op semi-skimmed milk 
  • 200g Co-op Greek style natural yogurt 
  • 1 tbsp Co-op clear honey (optional)
  1. Put the strawberries into a blender with the milk and whizz until smooth. Add the yogurt and honey, if using, and blend again, until combined. Pour the mixture into an ice lolly mould and insert the sticks. Freeze for 6 hours, or overnight if you have time, until firm.
  2. To remove the lollies, briefly dip the base of the mould in warm water and gently wiggle until they come out.

Meet the producer

Fruit farmer Harry has been growing berries on his farms in Surrey and Berkshire for decades. ‘My mum and dad started the business in 1966, originally as a farm where people could come and pick their own fruit,‘ he says. ‘I took over 30 years later. We grow strawberries from April to November, and we‘re always experimenting to find the best varieties for Co-op and its customers. We then become specialists in growing those varieties. The way we farm is rooted in sustainability, and I think that‘s what makes Co-op a great partner for us.‘