Excited is a good word to describe how I feel every time I go to the Farmers Market. I get SO excited browsing the stands filled with fresh produce and colorful flowers. Today was no exception. Despite that fact that the darkening sky and chilly winds warned of an approaching storm, I was on top of the world scoping out all the fresh options.
Some of my purchases today include organic shitake mushrooms, zucchini, cucumbers, blueberries and garlic scape, a topic for another time. But what I am most excited about is the everbearing ‘Seascape’ strawberry plant I purchased in a hanging basket, which is now part of my patio garden.
Until today, I didn’t know about everbearing strawberry plants. I only knew about the strawberries that are harvested in June. And this year, our area had a particularly short season due to wet cold weather. But, even at best, the June-bearing strawberry season lasts only a few weeks.
But now I am looking forward to eating fresh sweet strawberries all summer long! Everbearing strawberries yield fruit from June to Fall. And the ‘Seascape’ variety is considered to be the closest thing to a perfect everbearing strawberry.
Nutritionally, strawberries are high in vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber. According to David Grotto, RD, LDN, in his book, 101 Foods that Could Save Your Life, eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange! They contain cancer-and heart disease-fighting phytonutrients, including flavonoids and quercetin. And they are second only to plums as the richest fruit in phenolics and antioxidants.
Nutritious and delicious – no wonder I am SO excited about my new ‘Seascape’ strawberry plant and I’m looking forward to enjoying these sweet juicy strawberries for the rest of the summer! Have you grown these strawberries? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences.