All summer long, green-markets across the country offer fantastic strawberries. But before you fill your basket, ask for details. Like apples, there are many varieties of strawberries, each with a particular taste and ideal use. We asked Jon Sederquist, farmer and owner at Deeply Rooted Farms in Harwinton, Connecticut, to describe 8 of the nearly 15 varieties he grows each year.
The taste of this sweet, aromatic berry is "quintessential strawberry," says Sederquist. It's his favorite berry and the one to which he compares all others. Small in size and medium firm, it resembles a wild strawberry. Best use: sliced and served plain, uncomplicated by other flavors.
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Although it is on the acidic side, this berry is extremely aromatic with a deep, earthy strawberry smell. Its taste is complex and full-bodied. But Sederquist has a warning to home gardeners: These are tricky to grow! Your best bet for success is to plant them in an area where you have never before planted strawberries. Best use: pie or jam.