It’s strawberry season! Our June bearing strawberries are in full production. We have been enjoying them fresh and making jam with all of our bounty. Did you know that strawberries are the #1 most pesticide laden fruit. Check out the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) dirty dozen list and lots of other helpful info at:
Of course we don’t use fungicides or chemical fertilizers on our berries.
Some tips to make your strawberries tastier are:
Make sure your soil is slightly acidic. They like a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. You can use powdered sulfur to lower your pH.
Give them plenty of light. Make sure your plants are in the sunniest spot in the garden.
The flavour compounds in strawberries continue to develop significantly after the fruit is picked. In fact, according to one Canadian study they can shoot up to seven times their normal levels after four days stored in a cool room at 15°C (59°F). Who knew?