Kentish strawberries and cream: a Wimbledon treat
June 22nd, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Game, set, munch.

Day three of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships is officially underway - pending the usual rain delays - with Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and world number one ranked Rafael Nadal all scheduled to play today on Centre Court.

For those in attendance, amongst the aces and volleys, the Grand Slam tournament also serves up something else a little bit juicier: strawberries and cream.

Strawberries and cream has been a Wimbledon tradition since the tournament's origins in the late 1800s, and consumed with the same reverential gusto as pimento cheese at the Masters or hot dogs at the ballpark.

According to Facilities Management Catering Limited, the catering company that handles all the food and drink operations for Wimbledon, approximately 28,000 kilos (more than 60,000 pounds) of English strawberries will be doused with 7,000 liters (more than 1,800 gallons) of cream during the 13 days at Wimbledon.

The strawberries served are of the Elsanta variety from Kentish LEAF-registered farms, an organization devoted to sustainable and environmentally-conscious farming. The berries are picked the day before they arrive at Wimbledon for inspection and destemming, or hulling.

Those nibbling courtside can choose to wash down their berries with Champagne or Pimm′s - a gin-based herbal liqueur. Let's just hope no one tipples so heartily they end up with strawberry juice on their starched tennis whites.

Follow all the tennis action from the 2011 championship on the official Wimbledon Web site or on SportsIllustrated.com.

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  1. darksorceressmonoke

    Being a Yank I don't know much about Wimbledon; but I DO know that strawberries and cream are absolutely divine together.

    March 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  2. Rory Mcllroy 2011 U.S. Open Golf Champion

    That's right, Tiger who beotch!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:24 am | Reply
  3. Booo

    The fingernails of the person in the picture are gross looking. If she handed me the strawberries, I'd be too busy looking for fingernail impressions to eat them. Yuck!

    June 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  4. r

    Strawberries don't need cream and Pimm's is really gross.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  5. Evil Grin

    Man that looks good. Berries and cream are meant to be eaten together. On a hot day like today, I could really use some.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  6. JD

    Venus Williams ~ Her fashion fail was not such a treat!

    http://www.e-forwards.com/

    June 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  7. Breaking News!

    For the English out there that is 1 Liter of cream per 4 kilos of strawberries and for the Americans out there it's 1 gallon of cream per 33.33 pounds of strawberries. An American, when reached for comment, said, "WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! Nascar!!!!".

    And now back to your regularly scheduled Eatocracy...

    June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • dirkK

      LOL. Now that's funny.

      June 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  8. Mildred

    hmm, I had farm fresh strawberries for lunch today. No cream though.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  9. Amayda

    Go Federer!

    June 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply

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