Wednesday, February 9, 2011
February is Florida Strawberry Month - Ag Minute
There are 3 basic types of strawberries:
June-bearing - which usually produce fruit for 2-3 weeks and have larger berries and - yes they produce their fruit normally in the month of JUNE!
Everbearing - These berries are not really producing berries all the time, but they typically have 2 times of year that they can be harvested. Usually these are harvested in June and later in the early fall.
Day-neutral - These berries produce as long as the temperature is between 35 and 85 degrees. They are usually smaller than the other 2 varieties but are good for limited space production.
Strawberries are ready for harvest when they turn a deep red not just pink.
Here is a link to some strawberry recipes: http://strawberryplants.org/2010/06/strawberry-recipes/ but to keep it simple, just pick up some strawberries and a little bit of melting chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a double broiler and once melted, carefully dip strawberries into the chocolate. Let the chocolate set and you now have chocolate dipped strawberries. What a great treat for Valentine's Day or any time of the year!
For some fun activities for the kids check out this link to the California Strawberry Growers for kids
http://www.strawberryville.com/ take a trip and learn a little bit about Strawberries in Strawberryville. It is a lot of fun!
Enjoy some strawberries and know that they are good for you TOO!!!