I did say the Strawberries would be ready at the end of June. They are just starting. Red is beautiful. Below is a picture of the Everbearing Red Strawberry and the White Strawberry I grow.
The Red one is red inside and out but has yellow seeds (that turn redder sometimes when they get to the very ripest) and are mildly tart but yet sweet. The White ones have a white inside, a pink to orange outside, red seeds (even when unripened, and are mild and bitter-sweeter. Of course nothing beat the wild Strawberries growing on the side of the field which are the tastiest and sweetest of any tame varieties.
The birds, bugs or ants are getting a few tastes, the little rats! Soon though they won’t be able to keep up with the bounty. I will share if they don’t take more than 5% – that’s my limit. After that the war is on, and the camouflage nets will be thrown over the patch. I didn’t find anyone to paint a hundred red rocks for decoys, so I’ll have use other tactics for my warfare. If I had a webcam I would soon figure out who the culprit(s) are. For now it’s a mystery. The mean slash marks seem to indicate evidence of a bird’s presence. The one’s with the half-eaten hole seems to be ants/bugs. It isn’t hard to find the ripest, sweetest tasting berries – they’re the ones the pests have already discovered.
I hold the berries up to my nose for some of that delightful sweet aroma and imagine what it’s like to be a bug in the middle of a big juicy one. It would be like living in a strawberry world with strawberry air and red strawberry earth…all for the breathing and eating. This is why they get there 5%.
It has come to light that some marauder has been pawing in the strawberry patch. It would have been early in the Spring. I saw that some places were bare-looking, but just thought they were coming up late. Nope! I believe the deer (who love strawberries) thwarted my plans to use the dogs as a deterrent. This is one reason why I grow lots – there might be some left for me.
I’m curious why I can grow Strawberries that look like the ones from the store and yet taste better even though they aren’t completely ripe. I grow Tomatoes and rob them from their mother plant before they have even a hint of red, let them sit in a box until they turn red and they taste better than the Hot House ones in the store. Are the ones in the store all water? I don’t get it. How hard can it be to grow plants that taste like something?
There’s no sauce to go on these babies, just pure unadulterated ‘moo’ cream.
I know what you are thinking….”more cream please!” Can you spy the White Strawberries among the Red ones?Don’t forget to save a few Strawberry leaves and roots (if you want to get rid of the three-year-old plants…they don’t produce well after the third year) when the fruit bearing season is done for medicinal uses. It’s suggested that they help with facial problems, diarrhoea, inflamation and much more!
PS: If you have allergies to red strawberries you may be able to eat the white ones!