Which strawberry cultivator is the most flavorful and sweetest?

Asked May 8, 2020, 12:33 PM EDT

Which strawberry cultivator is the most flavorful and sweetest?

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

Sorry, there is no clear and simple answer for this question. For one, the most flavor (complex, good balance of tart and sweet, etc.) is not likely to be the same variety as the sweetest variety (just a matter of sugars and ripeness). Growing conditions will also affect flavors and sweetness. Strawberries that have been irrigated a lot (to overcome dry seasons or for frost protection end with more bland flavor, no matter what the variety.

I don't know if this question is leading to what variety to plant, or if you are just interested in buying berries from a grower, I will add one more thing about strawberries-- If you intend to grow them yourself, it is my recommendation that you go with the traditional "June bearing" types rather than the ever-bearing or day-neutral varieties. You get a shorter period of harvest, but the fruiting season is usually all done before a very challenging insect pest called the spotted wing drosophila shows up... See https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/considerations_for_growing_backyard_small_fruit and https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/spotted_wing_drosophila_a_serious_pest_for_the_home_gardener