A Beautiful California-Grown Strawberry Eton Mess Recipe - California Grown (2024)

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Introducing a truly delectable dessert, where the classic British Eton Mess meets the sun-kissed California strawberry! Creating a mouthwatering California-grown Strawberry Eton Mess at home is easier than you might think and will definitely impress your taste buds, all while looking absolutely stunning.

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Gather Your Ingredients: The Eton Mess Essentials.

This recipe celebrates the exceptional quality of California-grown strawberries. Get ready to indulge in a delightful classic dessert, where crunchy meringue, fluffy whipped cream, sensational strawberry curd, and juicy strawberries come together in perfect harmony.

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To create the perfect Strawberry Eton Mess, you’ll need the following ingredients:

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Juicy California strawberries.

California is known for producing some of the best strawberries in the world, thanks to its ideal climate and fertile soil. Most are grown along the central coast, from Ventura County to Santa Cruz County, with peak season running from April to October. When selecting strawberries, look for plump, bright red berries with fresh green leaves.

Click here to learn more about how strawberries are grown in California.

Heavenly whipped cream.

Did you know that 99% of California dairies are family-owned?

When you see the Real California Milk seal, you’ll feel good knowing that the product is certified as having been made with 100% Real California Milk from California dairy farm families.

Click here to learn more about the Real California Milk seal and California Dairy.
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Bring the flavor with a fruit-filled curd.

This delicious Strawberry Curd recipe from Bakes by Brown Sugar has an intense strawberry flavor.

It’s creamy, delicious, and perfect for adding to Eton Mess, as a filling for your next cake, or just on its own with a bowl of whipped cream and fresh strawberries for dipping.

Alternatively, you could also use lemon curd to create a pop of contrasting color and flavor.

Click here for the recipe for Strawberry Curd.

Crisp meringue, the crunch factor.

You can either purchase ready-made meringues or make your own by following our recipe for Mini Pistachio Pavlovas.

You can opt for a classic vanilla meringue or experiment with flavored meringues, like almond or chocolate.

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Make it personal.

Personalize your Eton Mess by adding your favorite toppings or mix-ins, such as toasted nuts like California almonds, chocolate chips, or even beautiful edible flowers for a pop of color.

Are you curious about how strawberries are grown and harvested or how they get to market? Keep scrolling!

California grows about 88 percent of the US-grown strawberries on approximately 34,000 acres along the California coast. Fresh strawberry production averages 50,000 pounds per acre each season. In fact, last year, 206,037,844 trays of fresh strawberries were harvested – that’s more than 1.8 billion pounds of strawberries!

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Want to learn more about how strawberries are grown in California?

Have you ever wondered how strawberries are grown? Joe Schirmer, of Dirty Girl Produce in Watsonville, California (Santa Cruz County), toured us through his rows of organic strawberries to talk about life and sustainability on the farm. We also learned a few things about how he grows those luscious strawberries!

Click here to learn how strawberries are grown in California.

Penny Ice Creamery: Green Strawberry Sorbet

For a few short weeks in the spring, when Dirty Girl Produce has an abundance of green strawberries, you can taste their delicious intense strawberry flavor in a scoop (or a cone) at Penny Ice Creamery.

Just look for Green Strawberry Sorbet in the ice cream case! Do your taste buds a flavor when you are there, and be sure to get your sorbet fluffed and torched with their homemade marshmallow fluff. It is the ultimate ice cream experience!

Plan a visit to The Penny Ice Creamery!

Strawberries are always in season in California.

California strawberries are available year-round. In winter, strawberries ship from Southern California; production moves north with the warming spring temperatures.

Click here to learn more about what’s always in season in California.
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Get creative with your Eton Mess creations!

Probably our favorite part about an Eton Mess, besides how delicious they are, is how completely customizable they are.

  • Looking for a red, white, and blue dessert? Add blueberries or blackberries to the mix.
  • Don’t have time to make a batch of homemade Strawberry Curd? No problem, buy store-bought lemon curd.
  • Not a fan of almonds? Try chopped toasted pistachios, walnuts, or pecans.

Trust us, no matter how you serve this spectacular dessert, you can’t go wrong.

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California Grown Strawberry Eton Mess

Meg van der Kruik

Eton Mess is a classic dessert where meringue, whipped cream, strawberry curd, & strawberries come together in perfect harmony.

5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American, Britain

Servings 4 servings

Calories 309 kcal


  • 1 lb strawberries tops removed, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 cup prepared strawberry curd
  • 8 small meringue cookies or homemade pavlova
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

Optional garnishes

  • whole meringue cookies, macerated berries, lemon zest, toasted nuts, whole strawberries with tops.


  • First, toss the sliced strawberries with the granulated sugar. Stir to combine and set aside.

  • To build the Strawberry Eton Mess divide the whipped cream and strawberry curd between 4 serving dishes of your choice.

  • Layer in a generous amount of the macerated berries.

  • Break up 1 or 2 of the meringues or pavlovas, depending on what you are using and sprinkle them on top of the berries in each dish.

  • Layer in another spoonfull of macerated berries then sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds.

  • Garnish with elements of your choice: Whole meringue cookies, whole strawberries with tops, more strawberry curd, or whipped cream.



You can substitute the strawberries in this recipe for raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries, or a mixture of all three.

You can sub in store-bought prepared lemon curd for the homemade strawberry curd called for in this recipe.

To make whipped cream at home:

  • 1 cupheavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoonsconfectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoonpure vanilla extract
  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 3–4 minutes.
  2. If you accidentally over-whip the cream, and it looks curdled and heavy, pour in a little bit more cold heavy cream, and fold it in gently by hand with a spatula until it smooths out.
  3. Use immediately or cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 3gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 116IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg

Keyword almond, eton mess, strawberry, strawberry curd, whipped cream

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Where are the best strawberries grown in California? ›

During peak season, strawberries are harvested in Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Maria, Oxnard and Orange County. During the cooler months, strawberries continue to be harvested in Santa Maria and Oxnard, making California strawberries available year-round.

What city produces the most strawberries in California? ›

Two-thirds of the California's strawberry production occurs in the Santa Maria region, which includes the coastal regions of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, Northern Santa Barbara, and Monterey County (USDA 1999).

What are the best tasting strawberries for Southern California? ›

Douglas Large to very large, firm fruit of excellent flavor and very high sugar content. A heavy producer, 'Douglas' produces a much heavier yield of high quality berries than other early varieties. Well suited to coastal and Southern California.

How long can strawberries last out of the fridge? ›

However, they just don't last very long on the counter. In fact, if you'd like your strawberries to stay free of decay, you only have one or two days to keep them at room temperature. If you'd like your strawberries to last more than a few days, it's best to refrigerate them.

Should strawberries be refrigerated? ›

Where is the best place to store strawberries? Unless you plan to use the strawberries right away, it's best to store them in your refrigerator to preserve freshness. Unrefrigerated, berries will last only a few days; stored in the fridge, they could last up to a week.

Can you eat strawberries straight from the plant? ›

Harvesting strawberries

As strawberries are perishable, it's best to eat them straight from the plant, ideally still warm from the sun. You can store unwashed fruit for a few days in the fridge.

What is the strawberry capital of California? ›

Oxnard is considered by many to be the Strawberry Capital of the World. The coastal climate and early Spring weather contribute to our success. That Southern California weather we all enjoy with warm sunny days and cool breezy nights, provide perfect strawberry growing conditions.

Are there 2 strawberry towns in California? ›

Strawberry, Marin County, California. Strawberry, Tuolumne County, California.

What month are strawberries best in California? ›

When it comes to the strawberry season in northern California, the prime time for harvesting those juicy berries lies between April and July, with the peak of the season falling in May and June. The key planting areas in this side of the state include Monterey, San Benito, Fresno and Santa Carla.

Where do the best strawberries come from? ›

#1 California

This state is the powerhouse of strawberry production. The climate is ideal for growing large, juicy berries throughout most of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California is responsible for roughly 90% of all strawberries grown in the United States each year.


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