Strawberry Crisis: Mosman fights contamination scare by sharing secret recipes!

 Cut ‘em up: Throw your support behind strawberry growers and get baking with the sweet fruit.

Cut ‘em up: Throw your support behind strawberry growers and get baking with the sweet fruit.

 

By ANNA USHER.

Australia’s strawberry sabotage has spread to six states since the first reported incident last week, with more than 100 cases of tampered fruit being investigated around the country.

An already embattled farming sector is bracing for further economic pain, with the strawberry industry now facing a multi-million dollar crisis, that has only accelerated in the past few days.

 Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to keep buying strawberries.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to keep buying strawberries.

Describing those who place needles in fruit as “cowards” and “grubs”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged all Australians to continue buying strawberries with care.

“It’s not a joke, it’s not funny,” Mr Morrison said.

“You are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk and you are scaring children, and you are a coward and a grub.

“Some idiot, for his own reasons, has engaged in an act of sabotage it would seem, and that has put all of that risk for these people out there having a go.”

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A number of Mosman parents have reported that their children have become “too scared” to eat strawberries, with one local mum taking to social media to vent her frustration.

 Ginny Andrews’ famous Victoria Sponge cake (with strawberries!)

Ginny Andrews’ famous Victoria Sponge cake (with strawberries!)

“To the fools putting needles in fruit … thanks,” wrote Kerry-Anne Manning in a post on Facebook.

“You have now given kids a reason to refuse to eat fruit, way to go.

“I had to cut strawberries into minuscule pieces for one of the kids and grate, yes grate - carrots for the other, to prove there were no needles present.

“Get over yourselves and think of what you are doing to the strawberry farmers and their families,” she said.

Here at Mosman Collective, we believe the best thing we can do as a community, is to support our suffering growers, by purchasing strawberries and cutting them up before consuming, rather than avoiding the fruit all together.

We’ve joined the grass roots social media campaign #SmashaStrawb and have asked a number of our local chefs, celebrities and brilliant home cooks to share their favourite strawberry recipes, proving there are plenty of ways to enjoy a punnet. Or two!

Our heart felt thanks goes to the following Mosman Collective friends, who encourage you to pop an apron on - and get into the kitchen this weekend! Have a flick through their recipes and let us know what you think!

(L-R) Mel Clark (Pudding Envy) - Will Stewart (Will and Steve) - Amber Sherlock (Nine News) - Christine Housego (East Coast Lounge) - Adele and Lisa Rancan (Rancan Sisters) - Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio) - Amanda Howard (Author) - Mystery Man (Owner of new Mexican restaurant in 2088 - coming soon!) - Ginny Andrews (Home cook extraordinaire) - Executive Chef DS Moon (August the Old Place)

 
 

Please have a flick through the gallery below, choose a recipe - and get mixing! Our strawberry growers need your support and we would love to see your food and drink photos. Send them in to anna@mosmancollective.com so we can feature you next week. Thanks again to our brilliant contributors. When a community comes together, great things happen - we love local!

MOSMAN’S FAVOURITE STRAWBERRY RECIPES!

 
 
 
 

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Footnote: Christine’s recipe courtesy: Australian Women’s Weekly. Amber’s recipe courtesy: Taste. Mel’s recipe courtesy: Saveur magazine. Amanda’s recipe courtesy: Bigger Bolder Baking.