By Woodborough Garden Centre
18 June 2014
They have survived the floods, bugs and slugs and are almost ripe and ready for picking. Our strawberry season is nearly underway with masses of delicious fruits just about ready to be picked and enjoyed in true British tradition. The strawberry is a fascinating fruit, did you know it is a member of the rose family? It is also the only fruit with seeds on the outside, with an average of 200 seeds per berry! They are also very good for you, just over 100g of strawberries will provide you with 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.
We love this time of year at Woodborough Garden Centre, customers enjoying the nostalgic experience of picking strawberries, perhaps reliving a childhood memory with their own children or grandchildren and the sheer excitement in the little ones faces as they carry their tub of strawberries to us, red lipped and barely able to reach the counter top. Parents slightly embarrassed as we ask their little one if they enjoyed the strawberries and ask if we need to weigh them, as well as the punnet!
Several varieties of strawberries are grown at Woodborough, including two of the oldest and most popular, Elsanta and its successor, Sonata. Elsanta is a very firm strawberry, the large, firm and conical fruit has a good flavour and a strong strawberry aroma that we are all familiar with. The shiny red fruit has a strong skin, making it more suitable for picking and eating fresh. Its successor Sonata, has some similar properties to Elsanta, only you will notice the internal colour is pink opposed to white and they taste a little sweeter and juicer. Fortunately Sonata better withstands heavy downpours of rain, which has to be considered when growing strawberries in Britain! Sonata also noticeably retains its glossy red colour and has no tendency to darken after picking. It goes without saying that both varieties are delicious and can enjoyed on their own or used in your favourite summer recipe.
Woodborough Garden Centre has many other fruits that customers can enjoy picking including gooseberries, blackberries and the more unusual tayberry. The tayberry is a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry is named after the river Tay in Scotland. The fruit is sweeter, much larger, and more aromatic than that of a loganberry. The tayberry can be eaten raw or cooked.
Are you now craving the sweet luscious taste of a freshly picked strawberry? Well grab your flip flops and sun cream and head down to the Pick Your Own fields at Woodborough Garden Centre and start reliving that memory from your childhood. And don’t worry, when the temptation gets too much, we won’t charge you for that strawberry you ate straight from the plant.