Philippines, Baguio They also like selecting their own strawberries. The finest months to visit are April, March, and May, when strawberries are at their optimum. Strawberries can be found in most markets throughout these months.
Strawberry season comes at a time when many consider going on vacation. If you want to experience Philippine culture while getting your hands dirty, then consider signing up with a strawberry plantation tour. You will work for one of these plantations during the day, and in the evening you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with a picnic dinner under the stars.
There are several plantations in the Philippines that select their own berries. Some even allow visitors into the fields to help pick berries of a different color. Most plantations are located in or near Baguio because this is where the best crops are found. There are two main types of farms: small family-run operations and large corporate companies. On smaller farms, employees usually work eight-hour days for $10-$20 per hour. The farmers take care of all the agricultural practices themselves, from planting to weeding to harvesting. On larger farms, workers are often hired through temporary employment agencies and they typically get paid hourly or by the load. They will also have access to medical facilities if needed.
However, most strawberries are available to harvest in the United States throughout the months of April, May, and June. In portions of Texas and Florida, the strawberry season peaks in April. Strawberries will be at their best across the rest of the deep South in May. The Midwest has a short season that runs from early May until mid-June. Northern states like Washington and Oregon have long seasons that last from early May through late June or early July.
The best time to go strawberry picking is when the berries are just starting to ripen and they're still tasty and firm. If you pick them when they're overripe, they won't store well and they won't be as sweet. The more sun they get, the faster they'll turn brown and lose their flavor too. Areas in the south that get plenty of sunshine should be picked before Earth Day (April 22nd) if you want the best fruit.
Strawberry plants come in several varieties that differ in how quickly they produce fruit, how large the fruits are, and whether they have red or white flesh. For example, 'Dwarf' strawberries grow up to 10 inches tall with only two small fruits on each plant. They're perfect for growing in containers on a patio or balcony because they don't need much space.
Since of this, and because strawberries are cultivated in a variety of areas, the national strawberry season is considered to last from January to November. Strawberries are best harvested in the Deep South in late April or early May. May and June are normally the greatest months in the middle of the nation, according to Eckert's. July through September are good in the Northwest and Southwest, while October through December are best in the Northeast and Midwest.
The flavor of strawberries changes with the season. In general, the berries taste the most sweet when they are perfectly ripe. If they are under-ripe or over-ripe, they won't taste as good. A strawberry's sweetness also varies between farms and fields. Some farmers grow sweeter berries in order to attract buyers. Others choose to use the extra sugar for preserving or cooking.
Strawberry varieties are classified by how large they are and whether they have red or white flesh. There are five main types: Albion, which is usually the largest type; Columbia, which has dark red fruit with a light pink blush and white flesh; Gardenia, which is half size but much more fragrant; Marshall, which is smaller than Albion and has dark red fruit with a bright yellow center and white flesh; and Vigor, which is smaller still and has greenish gray flesh.
Albion strawberries have a long history of quality production and are grown throughout the United States.