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Did you know that there are different types of strawberries? You might think that all strawberries are the same because they all look similar at the store, but there are actually hundreds of different varieties of strawberries grown in the United States. Certain strawberry varieties grow in different parts of the growing season and have varying degrees of light sensitivity. One thing’s for sure, they’re all delicious—especially covered in chocolate. Our Rainbow And Butterflies Platter is chock-full of strawberries dipped in semisweet Artisia chocolate and topped with colorful swizzle. It’s strawberry perfection, just like all of the different types of strawberries below.
What Makes Strawberry Varieties Different?
The main difference in strawberry varieties is differences in their growing season and their sensitivity to light. “Day-neutral” varieties are the hardiest and continue to ripen fruit all summer long until frost hits them. In fact, they blossom and fruit no matter how long or short the days are. Short day or “June-bearing” strawberries produce a single crop during a two to three week period in the spring. True to their name, June bearers typically produce their crop in the spring, but are also classified into early, mid-season, and late varieties. June-bearing fruit are light sensitive and thrive best during the shorter days of early spring. They also produce the largest berries. Everbearing strawberry plants begin to blossom when the days are long – 12 hours or more per day. Many everbearing strawberry varieties produce two to three crops, one in spring to early summer, another crop in midsummer, and the last in late summer.
Top 10 Types of Strawberries
Here are the top ten types of strawberries sold and grown in the United States:
Honeoye strawberries are day-neutral June-bearing strawberries. They’re large berries that range in color from bright orange-red to red. They’re true to their name as they taste sweet, like honey. This type of strawberry produces a lot of berries, as it has a high yield and a long growing season.
Earliglow is a June-bearing strawberry that’s true to its name because it produces berries sooner than any other strawberry. Its berry size is medium to large, with a deep red color and a shape that’s symmetrical and conical. They have a sweet flavor that’s great for canning.
Allstar strawberries look most like the stereotypical strawberries you’d find in a grocery store. They feature a perfect strawberry shape and plump, red appearance. They’re large strawberries that ripen in late mid-season. They have a mild but sweet flavor and are resistant to disease.
4. Ozark Beauty
Ozark Beauty is extremely popular everbearing variety of strawberry. The strawberries produced are sweet, red, and rather large for an everbearing variety. They also feature several large yields several times a year – one in early spring and one later in the season, with a few berries produced in between.
Chandler strawberries are June bearers that produce very large, firm, and exceptionally tasty strawberries. Their glossy, red color and flavor profile are extremely desirable. However, the drawback of Chandler berries is that they are not very resistant to disease.
Jewel strawberries are the picture perfect strawberry. They’re large, red, and juicy. They have an excellent flavor and are high-quality and hearty. They also have longer season yields.
Seascape is an everbearing strawberry variety that is resistant to disease and tolerant of a variety of growing conditions. Not only are they bright red on the outside, but they also feature a delectable red flesh on the inside.
Tristar is a day-neutral strawberry variety that is firm, red, and very sweet. They’re medium-sized berries, but have a prolific growing season. They begin producing early, continue all summer long, and increase production in the late summer to fall.
Sparkle strawberries are a classic favorite and one of the best strawberries for making jam. The strawberries are medium-sized and ripen late. They’re deep red and feature an excellent flavor profile that’s just the right amount sweet and juicy.
True to their name, Surecrop strawberries produce a dependable and resistant crop. The strawberries are deeply red with yellow seeds, and are sweet with a bit of tartness. The best part about these berries is that they will grow virtually anywhere, and under any conditions.
The next time you’re at a farmer’s market, take a look at the different varieties of strawberries. Try a few out, and you might just find a new favorite. Or, just try our Hand-Dipped White And Semisweet Chocolate Strawberries Box for a decadent strawberry treat covered in decadent chocolate.