This tiny berry is approximately one fifth the size of a commercially-cultivated strawberry, similar in size to the Alpine or Wood strawberry. The plant was brought to Britain in the 1900s by C.J. Wilkin, a member of the family who own the Wilkin & Sons conserve manufacturing company in Tiptree, Essex, following a visit to the United States where the plant grew wild. The company seems to be the only commercial grower of this fruit anywhere in the world. The Little Scarlet Conserve sells in around fifty countries at prices up to US$19 for a 12 oz jar.
Ian Fleming portrays James Bond's favorite breakfast to include the product in From Russia, with Love. Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth often wrote about the product, including in Sabbath's Theater.
- Pettican, Zahra. "This Incredible Strawberry Jam Is Made with Rare, Extremely Tiny Strawberries". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Wilkin & Son in Tiptree". Essex Life. Archant. May 2009. p. 89. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- Schwartz, Alexandra; Goldfield, Hannah. "A Book Critic and a Food Critic Consider Philip Roth's Favorite Strawberry Jam". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
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