With Wimbledon out of the way, it’s possible to envisage strawberries, the quintessential summer fruit, without a dollop of cream. A simple pleasure for us, they’re jolly hard work for bees!
Amazingly, each strawberry has 200 ovaries, which is why the bees have to visit every one between 6 and 15 times each in order to pollinate a perfectly-formed fruit.
Take these luscious strawberries, freshly picked from Anna Greenland’s production garden at Soho Farmhouse. They received the full attention of the bees flying from the Soho Farmhouse apiary, tucked in just 25 yards away, tucked in under the brow of a rolling Cotswold hill.
For those of you with a work-ethic akin to the bees, here’s a link to an article in Science magazine which will tell you more about the interplay between bees and strawberries.
The good news is that you don’t have to read it between 6 and 15 times to get the full picture. The bad news is that Science magazine doesn’t go anything like as well with a jug of cream.