The three varieties we're trying are Annapolis, Cavendish and Earliglow. I did get a few of the Earliglow a couple of days ago and now a few more today. The harvest today was the first one for the Annapolis. The Cavendish seem to be a little behind in ripening, so we've yet to sample them.
So far, the Annapolis have the best flavor, by far. The Earliglow have a good "strawberry" flavor but are a smidge on the sour side compared to the Annapolis.
These three varieties are June Bearers. We also planted a small amount of everbearing strawberries, Seascape variety, which are supposed to come in earlier than any of the June bearers, take a rest mid-summer and then produce another crop in late summer after the June bearers are done.
I'm beginning to think it doesn't work that way in northern Minnesota. The everbearers are just now giving us a couple of berries (paltry harvest shown above), right about at the same time the June bearers are. Hmmm. The most disappointing thing, so far anyway, is that when we taste tested the Seascape everbearers, they had almost no strawberry flavor and were kinda "watery." I've tried growing everbearing strawberries once before without much luck, so I'm not sure why I thought this time around would be different. (Slow learner, am I?)
Yikes, what IS that?
Just a selfie of my knees after a day of gardening. While wearing shorts. Which I don't do very often because it hurts to crawl around on bare knees. All of the ugliness washed off in the shower tonight, and I sustained no permanent damage (I'm sure you're glad to hear). I normally prefer to garden in long pants, but it was so hot today that both Papa Pea and I changed to shorts while the day was still young. He was doing various jobs, mostly shredding brush and mowing so his knees didn't end up looking anything like mine.
I'm going to try to be very organized and keep track of the quantity (in pounds) of strawberries we get from our various varieties planted. And will the flavor of the berries remain the same through the picking season? I suppose that may depend on the rain, sun, temperature, etc. that we get while they're bearing.
Speaking of rain, it started raining again here about 45 minutes ago. I do wish I could send some of it to those of you who could use it. Obviously, not to West Virginia though. My heart goes out to those who lost so much in the flooding. Makes our frequent rains so inconsequential.