You haven’t been to Norway until you’ve had a Norwegian strawberry. Strawberry season here is late July and very short so you better be quick if you want a taste of paradise in the north. When you see a sign like this, all your strawberries dreams have come true:

You can buy Norwegian strawberries from grocery stores, however street stalls are nearly on every corner in bigger cities during peak season (and they usually offer a cheaper deal too).

Norwegians are very proud of their strawberries. They pick them over any import. Whenever I’m with a Norwegian, they delightfully gasp at a ‘norsk jordbær’ sign.

Apparently, North Norwegian strawberries are especially sweet and juicy because strawberries thrive with cool temperatures and lots of light, and there is plenty of both in the Arctic summer.

It is common for city-goers in Oslo to grab a punnet for lunch or to snack on at the wharf on lazy Sunday afternoons and watch the world go by. In the country a lot of Norwegians grow strawberries in their yard. Strawberries are a favourite for cake decoration. They are also eaten as a treat with just cream or after they have been lightly sautéed in sugar.

Hands-down, Norwegian strawberries are the best I’ve ever tasted in the world.