Highway fresas

I can’t help but feel a little jealous. This past weekend my suegros and my cuñada took a road trip from Mexico City to visit Abuelita Ana in Aguascalientes. I’m jealous for two reasons: one obviously being that they spent time with abue, whom I absolutely adore, but two, that they stopped for strawberries in Irapuato on the way back to El D.F. yesterday.

One of my favorite things from our road trip to Aguascalientes this past summer for abue‘s 90th birthday was the quaint little strawberry stands alongside the carretera in Irapuato. It was my first time road-tripping anywhere more than a a few hours outside of Mexico City, and I absolutely loved being able to see so much of the countryside, passing through towns I had previously only ever read about or heard about in stories from family members.

Located in the state of Guanajuato, Irapuato is well-known for its agriculture – especially its luscious strawberries. Many of the roadside stands advertise with hand-written signs offering the very best fresas con crema, along with fresas cristalizadas, cajeta, miel and other delicious treats. Of course, it’s anyone’s guess which stand actually has the best fresas con crema, but I’d gladly volunteer with a smile any day to try them all and let you know my pick.

One thing is pretty much the same no matter which stand you visit, though: the plump strawberries generally come in a lovely woven basket. On our trip, we stopped and got one tall basket full of these juicy beauties and they disappeared quickly once we got home. And as it’s no secret that I also love candied fruit, we bought a box of fresas cristalizadas, too, which also promptly disappeared.

Of course, I tried to bribe my cuñada with promises of melting the snow and a plane ticket to come visit so she could bring me fresas in any form, but no amount of begging could convince her that coming to Chicago in the dead of winter was a good idea. I can’t blame her, but I had to try!

Oh, how I wish I had some fresas con crema right now!

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Comments

  1. MGourmand says

    @MauraHernandez I hope you have a place that sells this delicacies in Chicago, because I’m craving them BADLY!!!

  2. says

    We’re inundated with the Irapuato strawberries right now. (I guess the season came early this year? It seems earlier, at least, than other years.) They’re fantastic… used them recently in my strawberry tamales. Thanks for shining a light on them!

    • says

      Leslie, I am so jealous you can get strawberries from Irapuato! And you’re right, it does seem earlier than last year’s crop. When I was there toward the end of the summer, I caught the tail end of the year’s crop and they were still absolutely amazing, plump and juicy. Once the price of strawberries goes down a little bit here (they’re about $5-7 per little container right now depending on the store and whether they’re organic or not), I plan to try making your strawberry tamales because I love tamales dulces but have never had them with strawberries before.

  3. says

    I haven’t been to GTO in almost 4 years, too long for me. I have family in Salamanca and on the way from the airport, we pass through Irapuato. The photo of strawberries immediately made me think of Irapuato and the fresas I’d have. I like the candied ones.

    *mouth waters*

    By the way, new to the blog, but I’ll definitely be back.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Cindylu and welcome! I love, love, love fresas con crema and since the candied ones are the only way for me to bring a little piece of Irapuato home with me, they have grown on me more and more. I wish I had some right now but sadly, the last box I brought home in the summer is LONG gone.

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  1. […] I loved what she said about history, culture and peace as part of what makes a perfect travel destination and I couldn’t agree more. I passed through the state of Guanajuato (one of the many states with a city by the same name) on my road trip to Aguascalientes last summer. I hope I get a chance to go back someday to visit more of it. The state is also home to one of my favorite places, Irapuato. […]

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