We’ve reached the height of spring strawberry season! This time of year, there are plenty of strawberries to be found at the farmers market, and several different varieties. Ever wonder what the difference is?
Albion is an ever-bearing strawberry that has firmer flesh and produces large strawberries. The flavor is sweet with a subtle tartness.
Seascape is another ever-bearing variety and are sweet and firm, but not as firm as the Albion. They are often the first strawberry to appear at the farmers market in late April, and can continue into September and even October!
Hood is the quintessential Oregon strawberry. They are softer and juicier with amazing flavor, particularly good for jam. The thing about Hoods is that they aren’t around for long – often their season is just three to four weeks in late May and early June. They also tend to have a shorter shelf life than other berries, and are best eaten (or canned) within a few days after harvest.
Sweet Ann is similar to Albion – large, firm and slightly tart.
Strawberries are available at the market this Saturday from Happy Harvest Farm, Unger Farms, Liepold Farms, Winter Green Farm, Sweet Leaf Farm and Deep Roots Farm!