Woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

woodland strawberry


Woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a small and charming plant that grows wild in Denmark and many other temperate regions around the world. Despite rarely reaching a height of more than 15-20 cm, they have an impressive ability to spread across large areas. The plants have distinctive leaves resembling three fingers, with a pale underside. During the mild months of May and June, they bloom with small white flowers and a yellow center. These flowers later develop into the small, delicious woodland strawberries that are rich in sweetness and a gentle tartness.

Woodland strawberries are a true treasure of the forest floor and are known for their robust and exquisite flavor. Despite their modest size, they surprise with their delicate aroma, attracting both humans and forest animals alike. These small, ruby-red fruits delight even the most discerning palates and are a sought-after treat for those lucky enough to find them.

woodland strawberry


The woodland strawberry season extends from June to August.


You can find woodland strawberries in damp areas with partial shade, such as forest floors, slopes, and along hedges.

Taste and Uses

The best part of harvesting woodland strawberries is, of course, enjoying the sweet berries. Woodland strawberries are small, but they have a surprisingly strong flavor—much more intense than regular strawberries. The perfect balance of sweetness and a gentle tartness makes them an irresistible delicacy.

Woodland strawberries are not only delicious but also versatile when it comes to cooking and culinary creations. Here is a list of ways you can use woodland strawberries:

Fresh and Irresistible: The most obvious choice is to eat woodland strawberries fresh, right from the plant. They’re perfect as a healthy and tasty snack, or you can add them to your breakfast with yogurt, oatmeal, or pancakes to add an extra sweet and juicy twist to your meals.

Desserts and Cakes: Woodland strawberries are a fantastic ingredient in desserts and cakes. You can use them to decorate cakes, cupcakes, or pies, adding a refreshing flavor. Also, try making woodland strawberry jam or compote. They will add depth of flavor and color that make your desserts stand out. Woodland strawberries are also a wonderful ingredient to use in the classic Danish dessert, “rødgrød med fløde” (red berry pudding with cream).

Salads: Woodland strawberries provide an exciting flavor contrast in salads. Try adding them to a summer salad with spinach, feta cheese, walnuts, and a balsamic dressing. Their sweetness will balance the salty feta cheese and nuts, creating a delicious and fresh combination.

Smoothies and Shakes: Create refreshing summer smoothies or milkshakes by blending woodland strawberries with other berries or fruits. They not only add fantastic flavor but also a beautiful color to your smoothies and shakes.

Ice Cream and Sorbet: Woodland strawberries can also be used to make delicious ice cream or sorbet. For example, try replacing blueberries with woodland strawberries in this recipe.

Liqueur and Syrup: If you’re interested in trying something more advanced, you can make woodland strawberry liqueur or syrup. The liqueur can be enjoyed as an aperitif or used to create refreshing cocktails. The syrup can be used as a sweet and aromatic addition to drinks or poured over desserts and pancakes.

No matter how you use woodland strawberries, there’s no doubt that they add a unique and enchanting flavor to any dish. So, explore the forest, pick these little red treasures, and let your creativity soar in the kitchen to enjoy everything woodland strawberries have to offer.

Rødgrød med fløde (Red Berry Porridge served with heavy cream)

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