Please forward this error screen to 64. But a berry that resembles a small strawberry and tastes of bubblegum might just get Picture Me Gone – Dave Berry – The Hits’ taste buds tingling. Bubbleberries – or Fragaria moschata – have gone on sale in the UK after spending years out of fashion.
Fragaria moschata is also known as the musk strawberry and is said to be the most fragrant berry. It is native to forests in central Europe and is strongly perfumed. German chemists described its scent as having notes of melon, raspberry, animal and cheese – but Waitrose say theirs smell and taste of bubblegum. The strawberry was popular from the 16th century to the mid 19th century, Smithsonian reported.
Known as the ‘hautboy’ in England, it was the star ingredient at a tea in Jane Austen’s novel Emma, where guests described the berry as ‘infinitely superior’ to other strawberries. Nowadays the berry is difficult to breed and yields are typically small. The variety was replaced in the early 20th century by hardier strawberries. The modern strawberry is a cross between two New World species – the Virginian and the Chilean – and has been bred since 1750. The fruit was popular in the 19th century, according to Waitrose, which is stocking the berries for five weeks from today. This is one of the most aromatic berries we have ever sold at Waitrose,’ berry buyer Nikki Baggott said.