Home grown always tastes better but home-grown strawberries take flavour to another level.
Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) are part of the rose family (Rosaceae). They are relatively easy to grow given the right conditions. They can be harvested from early summer through to autumn, when a few different varieties are planted. Plant in a pot, hanging basket or the soil, they are great project for the family or for a beginner gardener.
They are sweet, delicious and fragrant when picked fresh from the garden. Enjoy strawberries in smoothies, fruit salad, on top of cereal or pancakes or simply on their own with cream or ice cream. Excess fruit can be frozen or made into strawberry jam.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese as well as providing folate and potassium. They are also low in calories and high in fibre.