Actual Wild Strawberries Appear in the Union Square Greenmarket
Maybe you've stumbled upon a patch while hiking in a remote part of the Catskills in late springtime, lured across a meadow by a tiny flash of brilliant red, but for most of us, wild strawberries remain an idea rather than a reality, or merely the title of a movie by Ingmar Bergman.
Sure, diminutive Tristar strawberries, which are bred from wild strawberries, are readily available, but I'd never seen foraged wild strawberries in the farmers' market before I stumbled on a display of a few boxes at the stall of Berried Treasures, of Cooks Falls, New York, in the western Catskill Mountains. I snapped up a box immediately, and the clerk threw in another box since nobody seemed to be buying them.
The berries are no bigger than a baby's thumbnail, and have to be sold still on their stalks, since trying to pull them off would squish them for certain. The flavor is over-the-top memorable, with some berries intensely sweet, while others are just intense. And you can't do anything but eat them. Immediately.