Lancashire Times
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4:00 AM 10th July 2021

Wimbledon - Strawberries and Cream

Image by davidkenny91 from Pixabay
Image by davidkenny91 from Pixabay
It's the Wimbledon final this weekend, one of the most famous tennis championships in the world.

Compared to previous years Wimbledon has looked slightly different this time round. Running for most of the time at a 50% capacity meaning that a quarter of a million tennis fans missed one of the most British summer traditions: watching the tennis while eating strawberries and cream!

Strawberries and cream are considered such a quintessential part of the championships that 50% of the nation said strawberries and cream is the first thing they think of in relation to tennis.

Fresh has undergone some fundamental research, finding out just how many strawberries and litres of cream are needed to satisfy tennis fans and how the pandemic has affected this great British tradition!

Every year, Wimbledon Tennis fans who visit the championships snack their way through a mountain-sized 2 million strawberries and 7000 litres of cream in a fortnight. That’s more than 190,000 portions in 14 days!

With only half the amount of tickets available due to COVID-19, the fate of 1 million British strawberries — weighing a colossal 14,000kg — hung in the balance with Wimbledon facing almost a quarter of a million pounds in lost revenue from strawberries and cream sales.

Image by Ron Porter from Pixabay
Image by Ron Porter from Pixabay
The sheer weight of strawberries delivered to Wimbledon each year is ten times heavier than every single Slazenger tennis ball used throughout the entire event, combined.

There’s 7,000 litres of cream that’s needed to finish off this iconic dish. Each year, there’s enough to fill the Wimbledon Men’s trophy to the brim more than 538 times.

Most recently in 2019, 191,930 portions were sold for £2.50 each, and to ensure exactly 10 berries are included in each portion, the event requires almost 2 million strawberries to meet public demand.