IT’S a summer favourite, a much-loved ingredient for desserts and smoothies, but in Australia strawberries are also widely available in winter.
Despite the stormy weather conditions, the strawberry season is coming into full swing in Queensland and the increased availability is reflected in prices coming down at the shops.
Strawberries normally recover quite well from cooler temperatures but they don’t like too much wet weather.
If you’re looking to buy strawberries, choose ones that have a lovely reddish colour. Make sure the shoulders of the strawberry (the part near the stalk) is not too white as that is a sign of immaturity and it won’t taste as ripe.
There are different seasons for this fruit across Australia with Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland all having big strawberry growing areas.
Nick Moraitis is the executive chairman of fresh produce enterprise Primo Moraitis Fresh
STRAWBERRIES Cost: from $2-6 a punnet