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Fresh Strawberry Milkshake

The humble strawberry. A fruit for princes and paupers alike, this wonderful wee berry has been enjoyed the world over since Roman times. Native to many countries, both above and below the equator, I have it on good authority that the Scottish varieties are the best you’ll find. I say good authority, but I live with a man who was raised on Mains of Errol Farm, one of Perthshire’s leading strawberry producers, so we may be a little biased!

In our house we only eat berries in season; most come from the Fruit Shack’s honesty box in Errol (also sold in Provender Brown in Perth city centre) but we are also huge fans of other Perthshire producers and will often stop for strawbs if we see a sign!

Because it really is difficult to refuse a ripe strawberry, isn’t it? The bright red colour, that sweet floral scent and the knowledge you’re about to bite into sweet, juicy heaven is just too much to resist.

This recipe is a perfect way to enjoy those slightly softer strawberries. Get the kids involved and shake up a sweet strawberry storm – so much better than the dreaded powder and a million miles from a fastfood thickshake. The vanilla gives it a candy flavoured kick and takes it from being a quick drink to a real treat.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

A powerhouse of goodness, these little berries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, fibre, folate (vitamin B9) and potassium.

Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which are thought to have many benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.

They are rich in colourful pigments which give them that bright red skin, and this is thought to have a protective effect due to the increased levels of anthocyanidins, phytonutrients and flavonoids. Think prevention of inflammatory conditions and a healthier heart.

Throughout history they have been used to help digestive ailments, for teeth whitening and skin irritations.

Top Strawberry Fact!

That leafy top is called the calyx and each year tons of them are thrown away as waste. But this fabulous wee green crown is edible, and can be eaten raw, cooked or used to make tea.

Preparation Time:
5 minutes
Cooking Time:
5 minutes
Serves: 2


  • 240g strawberries, hulled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 300ml milk
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream


    1. Blend half the strawberries with the vanilla essence until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses.
    2. Clean the blender then blend the milk and ice cream until smooth. Pour over the strawberry mixture.
    3. Top with a sliced strawberry and serve. 

    Buy Strawberries in Perthshire

    When buying your strawberries, choose ones that are firm, plump and unblemished. You want that glorious ruby red colour and bright green caps. Once picked, strawberries do not ripen further so avoid the green or yellow ones! And do remember to bring to room temperature for maximum flavour! 

    The strawberry season in the Scotland is stretching, and we urge you to take advantage of this by buying local.