There are quite a few reasons why people love to eat strawberries—the appearance relative to its color and structure is enticing, it is tastier as the sweetness is overwhelming; the scent has a savory aroma, and most of all, the nutritional value it offers.
There are many ways to eat these strawberries as per your desire, by slicing, eating a whole, strawberry shake, or making it as a topper or garnish for any dessert food.
If you love fruit beverages, strawberries are also a good ingredient. Simply slicing and adding water—would give you a natural strawberry flavor to the drinks. Or you can freeze them along with the ice cube.
Don’t miss out on making the best strawberry cuisine during the Strawberry Season in California. If you’re one of those strawberry lovers, then this article is right for you!
The Best Season for Strawberries in California
Strawberries depend on the types, relative to the appropriate seasonal availability. The two best seasons are—first, is June-bearing, which grows in summer and is sometimes called short-day strawberries and the second type is fall-bearing – it grows during fall or Autumn and is usually called day-neutral or everbearing strawberries.
You can distinguish the difference by its sensitivity. In summer, strawberries are delicate during the duration of the daylight hours compared to berries in fall.
Growing strawberries depends on the climate in a specific area such as warm-winter and cooler climates. In warm winter, it is best to plant late in December. While, in a cooler climate, it is best to plant during late summer or in the spring as it develops over the latter.
Also, the quality of the strawberries depends on the cultivar. Some are best in early spring, other berries are best in summer or fall. For mild climates, it’s suggested to be planted during August and October. The popular strawberry commercials are, ‘Douglas’, ’Chandler’, and ‘Oso Grande’ for summer planting and on contrary, ‘Selva’ and ‘Irvine’ for fall-bearing.
Few Precautions to take while growing strawberries
Growing strawberries is not that laborious and time-demanding. However, certain rules need to be applied to growing strawberries. For better quality and outcome, you need to follow these simple directions:
- Prepare humus-rich and moderately acidic soil.
- Plant the strawberries’ seeds 12 inches apart. Make sure the depth will let the crown leaves be at the topsoil.
- It’s recommended to expose it for at least 8 hours a day to direct sunlight for the best fruiting outcome.
- If not exposed to direct sunlight, keep the temperature ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Avoid watering strawberries as it is very crucial, as it has shallow roots.
- Maintain moist soil.
- Add mulch around the strawberries, be it organic or plastic sheeting. This process could slow the evaporation of water from the soil.
It is significant to consider these easy preparations for better growing and high-quality fruit-bearing outcomes of the strawberry.