It’s strawberry season here in Morocco. Strawberries are sold by the kilo off of wooden carts piled high with the fruit, crowded into the narrow streets of the souk already bursting with produce. Vendors with hands stained red call out the price, usually equaling to about 1 dollar for a kilo. By nightfall, the mountains of strawberries dwindle to hills, prices dip, and a few stragglers (often including myself) do some late-night shopping for dessert, usually a salad with finely diced bananas, oranges, apples, and strawberries, dressed in orange juice. Locals do not dip strawberries in chocolate, and they do not eat them with biscuits and cream. These strawberries need no embellishment.
The first time I tried strawberry juice was here in Morocco, and it was a revelation. I probably drank it standing up at the counter of a mahalaba, a shop that sells juice, sandwiches, and yogurt. Or it could have been at a local cafe in the warmer months of summer, along with a chicken briwat (a chicken filled pastry). In any case, I was instantly smitten. Strawberries have never been my favorite fruit, but blended with orange juice and drunk in a cold glass, it’s the best smoothie you’ve ever had.
- 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1 cup orange juice
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!