This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.
When people ask me where I live in Miami, I always laugh a little before responding. You see, while I do live in Miami, I am about as far away from the "Miami" that people picture in their minds as one can get. While Downtown and South Beach are lovely - there's no disputing that - there's an entirely different side of the city that most people never see. We have a big agricultural area near where I live called the Redlands, and there are farms as far as the eye can see! You may be aware of this already; chances are that you've seen that Fresh From Florida logo on the produce in your local supermarket, or seen it mentioned on the menu of one of your favorite local restaurants.
We have all kinds of fruit farms, including Florida Strawberries fields where you can pick your own berries, buy them by the overflowing pint, or sit down and enjoy a freshly-made strawberry shake, and of course, these farms also distribute all over the country as well.
While the rest of the country is buried under sleet and snow, it's strawberry season in Florida!
As people become more and more aware of the importance of eating a diet rich in nutritional foods like fresh berries and other produce, I am seeing local farmer's markets pop up all over the city. If you live in Florida, chances are that you have your own favorite farmer's market, or are accustomed to going out to U-Pick fields to gather your own fresh produce.
Is there really any better way to spend a Saturday than picking your own fresh berries while the sunshine beats down on your cheeks?
While there are plenty of benefits to having a stash of frozen fruits and veggies in the freezer at all times, eating fresh is just so much fun! When you work with nature's production cycle, you benefit from your produce being fresher and tastier, making it easier to create a nutritionally-optimized diet for your family.
If you aren't familiar with the produce we grow in Florida, you're in for a fun lesson today! You can like Fresh From Florida on Facebook and follow Fresh From Florida on Twitter to keep up to date on what we're growing, but for now, let's talk about Florida Strawberries!!
I picked up some Florida Strawberries last week at our local Knaus Berry Farms, which has been around since before I was born. They're a Miami institution, but they're one of our best kept secrets! Their berries are so rich and flavorful, and I just love coming up with fun ways to serve them to my family.
I drew inspiration for these Hazelnut Filled Berries from this Stuffed Florida Strawberries recipe on the Fresh From Florida website. They're really easy to make and the hint of hazelnut is such a fun addition to the berries! Think of this recipe as a cross between a cheesecake and a chocolate dipped berry!
Hazelnut Filled Florida Strawberries
1 quart of Florida Strawberries, hulled and cores scooped out
1 8 ounce package of Cream Cheese, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
5 tablespoons Justine's Hazelnut Butter (or you can use Nutella)
In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and hazelnut butter until light and fluffy. Spoon into a Ziploc bag and seal, then cut a small hole in one of the corners. Use this as a pastry bag to squeeze the cream cheese mixture into the Florida strawberries, allowing a little overflow.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Is it easy - and completely delicious. What I love most about this recipe is that while it adds the delicious flavor of hazelnut, it doesn't overpower the natural goodness of the berries. They are so sweet and flavorful on their own, you really don't want to ruin that!
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Hazelnut Cheescake Filled Fresh Florida Strawberries
- 1 quart of Florida Strawberries hulled and cores scooped out
- 1 8 ounce package of Cream Cheese softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons Justine's Hazelnut Butter or you can use Nutella
- In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and hazelnut butter until light and fluffy. Spoon into a Ziploc bag and seal, then cut a small hole in one of the corners. Use this as a pastry bag to squeeze the cream cheese mixture into the Florida strawberries, allowing a little overflow.