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Why strawberries and cream are one of the favourite delicacies at Wimbledon

Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team London, UK Jul 05, 2018, 02.29 PM (IST)

Ever wondered why there is a strawberry stuck with the active hashtag of Wimbledon. Strawberries have an ancient association with the oldest and arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

Few of the historians have revealed that strawberries and cream were first served together in 1509. When the English churchman Cardinal Thomas Wosley paired them at a banquet during Henry VIII's reign.

The sweet combo became popular nearly 400 years later and was first offered at any Wimbledon tournament was in 1877.

Strawberries and cream are traditionally consumed at the tournament. The facts say that in 2017, fans consumed 34,000 kg of English strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream.

At Wimbledon, nearly 9,000 servings are prepared per day and only the highest quality strawberries are used.

The berries are picked the day before being served from the county of Kent and arrived at Wimbledon at around 5:30 AM, where they are inspected before being prepared.

Besides strawberries and cream, spectators also like to eat fish and chips during the tournament which is another British speciality.

Apart from its food pleasantries, Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage. Also, the tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.

Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments other than Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.

Since the Australian Open shifted to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts.

Even if you are not at All England Club still you can enjoy the delicacy as you watch the games sitting at home. Here is the recipe:

-Wash and dry the strawberries and remove the leaves. 

-Remove stems and cut lengthwise.

-In a large mixing bowl, whisk the cream until soft peaks form. 

-Add vanilla extract and sugar and continue to whip until cream reaches stiff peaks. 

Careful: Do not overdo the whipping, or the cream will become lumpy and butter-like.

-Dollop a scoop of whipped cream in the bottom of a serving bowl or cup. 

-Add a handful of strawberries, then top with more whipped cream.