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By Diana Wade
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What about those strawberries?

 

March 30, 2024



Did you know that California produces over 91% of the strawberries in the U.S.? Florida is second with a domestic winter crop.

Diana Wade.

Here in California you might see strawberries year round due to our temperate climate, however, the biggest strawberry production occurs in the Santa Maria region that includes the coastal region of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, Northern Santa Barbara and Monterey County. Oxnard is considered by many to be the Strawberry Capital of the World. Nice that it is so close to Tehachapi! The most popular berry is the Camarosa strawberry that produces huge, juicy and sweet berries.

Ever wonder why store bought strawberries lack flavor? If they are picked when white or even partially white, they will lack a protein called Fragaria allergen 1. That protein develops in the fruit's flesh. Without that protein the berry will not turn red. Picked without ripening will also create a lack of flavor. If you get a batch of not so sweet strawberries, toss in a bit of sugar and let them macerate.

A Taste of Tehachapi has sweet, delicious jars of strawberry and pomegranate jam packed full of flavor. Check it out at Miele Apothecary on F Street. Can't wait? Call Diana (661) 557-2589 to place an order.

 
 

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