My May column in Living France: Gariguette Strawberries
Gariguettes: Queen of French Strawberries
Some culinary experiences are akin to falling in love, and I must admit to getting butterflies in my stomach as I watched Didier Casaguana, Michelin-starred chef at Les Fresques in Monestier, prepare one of his signature dishes for me: a vibrant tartare of Gariguette strawberries voluptuously crowned with thick chunks of blue lobster and a delicate foie gras escalope. The marriage of flavours and textures was superb, but what captivated me most was the Gariguette. With their scarlet red colour, these jewel-like strawberries are almost too pretty to eat, turning dishes into edible works of art.