Wholesome Pickins grows five different varieties of June-bearing strawberries on three acres of land on our Delhi farm. We begin our harvest with Mohawk and Annapolis. Next follows our mid-season variety, Jewel. The last varieties to ripen are Valley Sunset and Serenity. Our strawberry season usually lasts four to five weeks, and during that time we also offer pick-your-own.
We also grow 12 acres of an ever-bearing strawberry variety called Albion. Albion produces a large crop of delicious berries in June and continues to yield berries all summer with another crop in the fall. Albion is a very tasty, medium-sized strawberry that has an excellent shelf life. This is a great variety for freezing.
Video: Learn more about Ontario strawberries
Selecting & Preparing Strawberries
Look for berries that are completely red with no white or green spots and have a sweet smell. Avoid crushed berries and berries packed in juice-stained boxes. Remove any damaged berries as soon as possible. Trim damaged areas and use these berries in sauces, ice cream or in baking where appearance isn’t important.
Store berries in the refrigerator with tops on, unwashed and lightly covered in a single layer, use within three to six days. Just before serving, gently rinse under cold running water (avoid soaking berries because they will absorb water and lose flavour), gently pat dry with paper towel, remove tops.
Strawberries may be frozen whole or sliced, with or without sugar, for up to 12 months. To freeze without sugar, place in a single layer on a large tray or cookie sheet. Freeze until firm (about one hour), pack in freezer bags drawing off as much air as possible, and seal to freeze with sugar, pack in rigid containers, sprinkling sugar between each layer. For every 4 cups (1L) whole washed berries, allow 1/2 cup (125 ml) granulated sugar; for the same amount of sliced strawberries allow 3/4 cups (175ml) of sugar.
Per Serving: 1/2 cup (125ml) raw strawberries:
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Strawberries Are …
- An Excellent Source Of Vitamin C (One serving of Strawberries contains as much Vitamin C as an Orange!)
- A Good Source of Manganese
- A Source of Fibre, Folate