Homegrown Hillsborough: Strawberries
When are fresh Hillsborough County strawberries available at local groceries and farm stands?
The harvest begins in November and continues through late March or early April.
What type of strawberries are grown commercially here?
Varieties including Radiance, Sensation, Winterstar, and Festival.
Where are strawberries most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?
How many acres are planted with strawberries?
About 10,000 acres are planted for the 2019-'20 season.
How many pounds of strawberries are harvested?
Generally, 25,000 to 30,000 pounds per acre. Weather lately has been great for strawberry planting, and the yield is fantastic.
Fun fact: The Florida Strawberry Festival is held each spring in Plant City, the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World." This celebration of everything associated with the bountiful fruit has taken place annually since 1930, except for a six-year hiatus during and immediately after World War II.
Local insight: Strawberries will stay fresh longer and taste best if you keep them in the container, place the container in a refrigerator, and wash the berries just before eating them.