August 17, 2011
In Polish, "truskawka" means strawberry. When you visit Poland, you will find the most fresh strawberries at local markets ("targi") or at a farm, and the growing season peaks in early summer ("lato").
This classic fruit ("owoc") is delicious on its own, perhaps with a bit of cream ("śmietana") and sugar ("cukier").
You will also see strawberries as the key ingredient in Strawberry Pierogi ("pierogi truskawkowe") and even Strawberry Dumplings ("knedle z truskawkami"). Interestingly, Poles enjoy these fruit dishes as both a dessert ("deser") and a main course at lunch ("obiad") or dinner ("kolacja").
In many a Polish home, a cool glass of Strawberry Compote ("kompot truskawkowy") is enjoyed somewhat like a dessert or soft drink.