It is summer time and one of my favorite summer treats is the Strawberry! Yes, strawberries are available in the store year round but there is no better time to enjoy them then when they are in season locally. The farther the fruit has to travel, which for Pennsylvania is kind of far, the chances that it has less flavor and here is why:
Above is a photo of two different strawberries, the one on the far left is a locally grown berry next to a store bought one. Both are organic, cost about the same and are a brilliant shade of red BUT there is a big difference. In the next photos the berries have been sliced and as you can see the local berry keeps its red almost throughout the entire berry, while the store bought one is mostly white. Also, which you will just have to trust me on this, the store berry is bland and lacks a lot of flavor especially after bitting into the local one.
The reason for this is because the berries that you buy in most grocery stores come all the way from California. In order for the berry to make the 3000 mile journey to Pennsylvania they are picked before they have had a chance to ripened. Think about how many times you have taken a chunk out of a store bought berry and it was very sour, this is why! This is also why when Strawberries are in season I suggest getting as many as you can locally. If you love strawberries year round think about freezing them or canning them whole.
The reason why I created this post was because of an Ad I saw on TV for a strawberry salad. In the add they show the strawberries cut in half, they were mostly white and looked like they were lacking in flavor. I don't want people to think that this is the norm, that strawberries should look like that. People need to experience food around them to see what it should truly look and taste like before they settle.