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Surprising Variety In Strawberries

June 26th 2014
By: Melanie

Strawberries are a crop we all recognise but how well do we really know one of our favourite summer soft fruits?   At the supermarket or your local Hertfordshire green grocers look out for some of the following varieties.  You could even do a taste off and see how well your friends and family can refine their palates to recognise some of the distinctions between the main contenders.
 
First there is ‘Elsanta’: An established Dutch variety, which are large, firm and glossy which is widely available in the UK. Then you should look out for ‘Sonata’: Slightly juicier and with a sweeter taste than Elsanta, Sonata strawberries are generally bigger and likely to be heart-shaped.  See if you can look out for ‘Sweet Eve’: Crops well throughout the summer, and is higher in natural sugar than other varieties.  There is also ‘Driscoll’s Jubilee’: Perfect heart-shaped variety with naturally sweet taste and distinctive fresh aroma and ‘Ava Rosa’: A Scottish berry launched this year characterised by large, full colour berries with a very sweet flavour. ‘Red Glory’: A high yielding variety producing medium-sized, conical, glossy, orange/red fruit. Maybe you even have some of the tiny  Alpine strawberries growing in your garden or can find some of our ultra-tasty if rather tiny wild strawberries growing in the Hertfordshire hedgerows
 
You might also like to know that 7 strawberries (80g) provides your recommended daily amount of vitamin C in addition to vitamin C, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Strawberries also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants which help to fight free radicals (which can damage cells and are thought to contribute to the formation of many kinds of cancer) These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red.