Long known as the cuisine of the Tennis courts, the traditionally English dessert of strawberries and cream will be consumed by the tonne at this year’s Wimbledon Championship. Over a fortnight, during which world class tennis will be played on these famous courts, it is estimated that over 7000 litres of dairy cream and 112,000 punnets of English strawberries will be eaten by the crowds.
A delicious dessert that must be accredited to none other than Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the creator of the dish during the 1500s. Throughout the Tudor period, Wolsey hosted fabulous dinner parties for the King and his entourage at his house, Hampton Court (also known as the King’s Palace).
At Hampton Court, Wolsey’s kitchens churned out feasts for up to 600 people each day so a simple yet tasty pudding such as strawberries and cream would have been essential to the overworked chefs in the kitchens.
This simple pairing of berry and diary proved so popular that it is still eaten by millions worldwide today!