Continuing my red theme, here are three photos of some wild strawberries (fraises des bois, or "woodland strawberries" in French) that I found growing along one of our favorite walking paths yesterday afternoon. I took these pictures just before I ate the 'berries.
Wild strawberries grow all over France (except on the Mediterranean coast), other parts of Europe, and North America. They can be cultivated, but the so-called berries, sweet and tart on the tongue, are too fragile to be packaged and shipped easily.
Fraises des bois grow in several patches around La Renaudière, but I've never found them in sufficient quantities to do anything with them besides just pick and eat a few as I walk the area with Callie. Each berry is about the size of a large pea.
As the Wikipedia article in French says, wild strawberries « se conservent difficilement et doivent être consommé[e]s rapidement. » They don't keep well and need to be consumed quickly. I can manage that.