Strawberries are grown widely across the world, but modern cultivation of this sweet, juicy fruit first occurred in 18th century France. Now, hundreds of varieties of strawberries are cultivated, all with unique flavours and textures. In Britain, there are many strawberry farms - home of some of the most delicious strawberries that you'll ever taste. Take a trip to a local strawberry farm, pick some of your very own strawberries and show them off in one of these fantastic recipes, including strawberry and limoncello pudding, strawberry and peanut butter pie and strawberry and balsamic jam.

Strawberries are one of the most popular fragrances in the world, used for a variety of manufacturing purposes, including perfumes, confectionary, cosmetics, foods and drinks. The sweet, juicy characteristics of a fresh strawberry are what makes it so delicious and they can be used in a huge number of ways - dried, frozen and most commonly simmered into jams, chutneys and preserves.

Countries across the globe all use strawberries in a number of unique dishes. In England, strawberries are often cooked into jam. In Italy, they're whizzed into strawberry ice cream (gelato alla fragola) or layered into a coffee-free tiramisu, and in Greece, sprinkled with sugar and dipped into brandy.

We have plenty of recipes above to help you make the most of fresh strawberries this season, including a spicy strawberry and chilli jam, strawberry salsa, strawberry scones and strawberry and custard cake.