What’s the thing with Wimbledon and Strawberries & Cream anyway?
When you think of summertime in Britain, what do you think of?
Picnics at the beach, cold drinks and Wimbledon is what comes to my mind…
When Wimbledon started on the 9th of July 1877 so did the long tradition of pairing tennis with the ultimate summer snack, Strawberries & Cream. Although Strawberries & Cream as a combination have been enjoyed since Tudor times, it was reserved by the elite and very hard to come by. In 1877, strawberries were still the luxury fruit that everyone wanted to get their hands on. The Victorians believed strawberries were revolutionary. At this time in history, strawberries only lasted a few weeks on the plant and due to the lack of refrigeration it was considered a treat to be able to enjoy a few.
As British strawberries hit their seasonal peak in mid July, the crowd at Wimbledon are able to enjoy ample servings of Strawberries & Cream. It is estimated that around 28,000 kilos of Kent grown strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream are consumed every year at Wimbledon. This equates to 140,000 servings every summer. On top of this there is an eye watering 303,277 glasses of Pimm’s served at the tournament each year!
Strawberries & Cream at eteaket
At eteaket we adore this type of tradition and we are very fond of the combination ourselves. In fact we have a tea for every occasion including this one. Our Strawberries & Cream Tea is available all year round. Its ingredients include real strawberry pieces, apple pieces, hibiscus blossom, orange peel and rose hip peel. When you combine these ingredients it creates a beautiful creamy tasting, caffeine free tea with a kick of strawberry. And its dairy free too. Although a great tea for any day this fruit tea comes into its own during the summer months.
A UK first: Cheese Tea
This Summer we have launched a pairing that is a UK first, Strawberries & Cream Cheese Tea. Cheese Tea is hugely popular in Asia and the United States and now thanks to eteaket, you can enjoy it in Edinburgh. To make this combination we cold brew our Strawberries & Cream Tea overnight. This tea is so refreshing when it is cold and is perfect for the current heat wave we are experiencing (no complaints here). We then top the tea with a cream cheese mix (using a secret eteaket recipe) which creates a wonderfully creamy experience. If you are finding it hard to imagine think tea frappe.
You can pop into our Tea Room on Frederick Street for a wee sample and see what you make of this UK first. If you prefer your tea hot, then we have it to sample on our Tea Syphon in our Concept Store for the duration of Wimbledon (2 – 15th of July) so pop in and have a taste for yourself.
If you do try our Strawberries & Cream Cheese Tea please let us now what you think!
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