We decided to have a little outing to pick strawberries with Tyoma. He didn’t seem to quite get the point and somebody needed to be the “wait till it’s washed” officer, but it was lovely to get out and see real fruit on a plant.
I think the thing that surprised me the most was the smell of the fruit. The whole field was fragrant, it seemed almost artificial, but there was some subtle tang that made it a natural fragrance.
We picked a basket of lovely fruits (below) that looked so delicious that it was slightly sinister. The strawberries themselves were not as sweet or flavorful as the scent would have you think. Tanya cooked up some preserves for E that he delighted in.
I was shocked since the jam was runny, but she did not dump chemicals on it so it was authentic Russian Jam. Along with the jam came some sort of foamy confection that Egor gobbled with relish. Personally, I was surprised how sweet it was, but in the old days you preserve with sugar. Half sweetened stuff just wouldn’t last. I don’t think that the jam will last either, E’s really loving it!