Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wild Strawberry Heaven

The wild strawberry plants I started from seed last spring are producing really well this year. I had purchased my Yellow and Red Wonder strawberry seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They grew very slowly in the beginning but took off once I transplanted them out into the garden. The little berries are prolific but rather tedious to harvest. Most of the time, they never make it into the kitchen. We usually just pop them into our mouths as we're picking. I'd love to freeze a bunch to use in a strawberry conserve recipe.

Today should also be the opening day for this year's strawberry picking season throughout much of the state. If it stops raining, we may venture to Parlee Farms tomorrow to do some picking ourselves. I seem to remember them having a particularly beautiful field.

I love the look and taste of strawberry conserve - the whole fruit suspended in the gel are particularly inviting. If anyone has a canning recipe for it, please please please share it with me!!!


  1. I started Yellow Wonder and Rugren this year. I can't wait to taste them when they grow up. They just got planted out yesterday.

  2. Oohhh..yummy! Strawberries in Oregon expected to ripen inmid-june. Can't wait!

  3. Oh how neat! The cherry tomatoes of the strawberry world?

    Is the flavor of these smaller ones superior to something larger? I can imagine the small ones would be fun to grow for the novelty of it, but like you said, you'd have to harvest so many just to make preserves or jams!

  4. Lovely little things. From seed? you have the patience of Job. Whoever he was.

    My single plant on the terrace has been providing me with a single nibble, every day.

  5. Oooh wild strawberries! I've been collecting ours for the freezer. I intend to make jam with it, and looking for a great recipe too.

  6. looking good...I planted an ozark everbearing variety this year...still waiting to see the first strawberry

  7. How is your strawberry now? Are you satisfied with the result?

  8. I don't know what the pants i put in are called - they were culled from a neighbor's garden - but they look similar to yours. We put in four plants last summer and they've spread to cover a patch of about 20 square feet! None of ours have made it past the garden either...

    i started a second patch with more traditional strawberry plants. Maybe those will make it into conserve and pancakes.