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.
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.
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