Strawberry is a fruit which is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates.
Growing strawberries depends on the type of garden we have, if there is a lot of room, then strawberries can be grown in a special strawberry bed. If there is not enough room, the seeds are grown in large pots or hanging baskets. Add compost or fertilizer after removing any grass or weeds from the soil. Strawberries spread as they grow, so allow at least 30 cm between plants. Border them with a 5 cm layer of straw. This keeps their roots cool and moist, and also keeps future fruit away from direct soil contact.
With regular watering your strawberry plants will grow vigorously and be flowering in three to four months. The main crop is produced through spring and early summer. Keep a watchful eye for slugs, snails and birds.
Here are some tips for sweetness and flavor if your homegrown or shop-bought strawberries aren't sweet enough;
- Wash them before removing the green stalk (that is the green top of strawberry).
- Cut strawberries up and they’ll taste sweeter.
- To store strawberries, take them out of their box and place them in the fridge on paper towel.