Strawberries are best known for their fragrance, bright colour, juicy texture and sweet flavour. They are part of the Rosaceae family, which also includes apples, pears, quinces, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, raspberries, loquats, almonds and ornamental trees and shrubs. These fruits are usually 2.5cm long, grow in a cluster on the fruit stem and have approximately 200 seeds on their exterior skin.
The peak growing time for strawberries in South Australia is November to February. Temperate climates are the best environments for growing strawberries and they can grow in a wide range of soils. The most popular types of strawberry are ‘Selva’, ‘Pojaro’, ‘Albion’ and ‘Parkers’. When selecting strawberries, look for those that are plump, bright and have an even colouring.
Strawberries can be used in a range of ways, including being eaten fresh, frozen, used in preserves, juices, milkshakes, ice creams, chocolates, dipped in chocolate or in a cocktail. They are a rich source of vitamin C and fibre and their antioxidant properties help promote eye health, skin health, reduce inflammation and regulate blood pressure.
You can find strawberries at at Kuitpo Forest Strawberries at the Showground Farmers’ Market.