The History and Significance
Strawberries in particular date back to ancient Rome, where ancient Romans believed that they held medicinal properties that helped alleviate many illnesses such as fevers, inflammation, and kidney stones. However, food historians believe that the fruit dates back further into ancient Greece. In ancient England, the fruit was seen as a symbol of wealth and luxury. It was often served with afternoon tea.
According to rumors and tall tales, strawberries and cream were first served as a treat by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey at a banquet during Henry VIII’s reign. The story goes as King Henry VIII’s court had to feed around 600 lords and ladies twice a day. Cardinal Thomas came up with an idea to pair the two as a dessert as it was quick to prepare. Another version of the story is that Cardinal Thomas mixed up the ingredients during the banquet, and whatever the royals ate, became fashionable. Whether it’s true or not, its popularity grew and we can’t deny its indulgent taste.
An interesting story of the fruit harvest and availability coincides with Wimbledon tennis tournaments. So in 1877, the first-ever Wimbledon Tournament served strawberries and cream to 200 of its spectators. No one truly knows how this delicious sweet treat became a part of Wimbledon, but we wouldn’t complain if we were served strawberries and cream! Since then, the fruit has become Wimbledon’s snack of choice.
How do we celebrate national strawberries and cream day?
Now that you’ve learned a little about the history of strawberries and cream, there are many ways to enjoy this sweet treat to celebrate this day. You can whip up some cream and enjoy them with a bowl of fresh strawberries to celebrate at home on your own, or share them with family friends. You can even have a mini party just as an excuse to make enjoy this wonderful treat.
Want something different to celebrate this day? Come visit Rollz Ice Cream and enjoy our vast menu of delicious sweet treats from rolled ice cream to waffles – we have strawberries and cream (ice cream in particular) for you to enjoy!