It is a vegetable !? History and variety of strawberries
Strawberries are loved by everyone, regardless of generation. The wild strawberries were once edible in Japan. It is believed that current Dutch strawberries came to Japan around the Meiji period.
The edible part of the strawberry is not the fruit but the flower that has grown (the stem becomes thickened and the flower develops). According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, strawberries are classified as vegetables and not fruits.
There are many different varieties of strawberry, but since the main varieties changed from “Fukuha” to “Dana” in the 1955s, the main varieties have changed about every 10 years. Currently, there is a tendency to develop new varieties in each of the major producing provinces such as Tochigi, Fukuoka and Kumamoto, and the number of varieties is increasing.
Even if the varieties are the same, the brand names may vary depending on the place of origin, so if you find a strawberry that suits you, you should know the place of origin and the variety.
How to distinguish delicious strawberries from fresh strawberries
Fresh strawberries have a glossy shell, dark green stalk, and a canopy shape. Choose a look that is generally colored and undamaged.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and anthocyanin. It is easy to eat because just washing it is ready to eat.
How to preserve strawberries
When you save it at home, you can leave it in the package you bought. However, for best preservation, arrange them in a flat box so they don’t overlap. Wrap and store in the refrigerator’s vegetable compartment.
If you don’t rinse it off before storing it, it won’t hurt easily, so wash it right before eating. Also, it is not a well-preserved fruit, so you should eat it early.
The season and time of strawberries
Strawberries are available almost all year round from December to September, with the peak season from February to March. Previously, there was no summer-autumn product, but now American products are imported and a few domestic products. Season is December to April for indoor and May to June for outdoor products.
One point to eat delicious strawberries
Prepare and freeze strawberries
If you rinse it off and then take it out, it won’t get runny. Fill the bowl with cold water, soak the strawberries for a while and then shake gently to remove the dirt. Do not soak it in water after removing the shavings.
If you want to freeze, rinse and remove the shavings. Sprinkle with sugar will remove color but will not freeze and burn.
Which part is the sweetest?
The sweetness of the strawberry is stronger at the top. So when cut, cut lengthwise to even sweetness. If it’s too big to eat in one piece, you can enjoy it until the end as it becomes sweeter in order from the sword side.
What about sour strawberries?
You can enjoy the taste of strawberries by eating them raw, but in the case of the strawberries are strongly acidic, adding condensed milk, whipped cream, etc. will reduce the acidity. You should also mash sour strawberries to make a salad dressing. Seafood with balsamic vinegar and honey is also a different flavor.
Strawberry jam is easy to make
Sprinkle 150g of granulated sugar on the strawberry packet, sprinkle with a little lemon juice, gently wrap. After cooking in the microwave for about 6 minutes, take it out, stir well and cook for 6 to 8 minutes without wrapping.
With just this, a handmade strawberry jam was completed in no time. Watch out because it can boil and overflow.
Tochiotome (Tochigi Prefecture)
This is a crimson, juicy and perennial variety with a good balance of acidity and sweetness. Tochigi prefecture has registered these varieties, but since the seed registration expired in 2011, it can now be grown in other production areas.
Amaou (Fukuoka Prefecture)
This is a registered trademark of Fukuoka Prefecture, and the product name is “Fukuoka S6”. Dark red skin and bright red flesh. Characterized by a sweet taste and large seeds, it is also popular as a gift.
Sagahonoka (Saga Prefecture)
Characteristic is that it is conical and of moderate size. It is a variety that has skin, hard flesh and is long-shelf
Yayoi Hime (Gunma Prefecture)
This is a sweet variety with good texture, longevity and low acidity even after March.
Skyberry (Tochigi prefecture)
It is the successor to the Tochiotome and is resistant to cold and large seeds. It is sold as a brand name product.
Princess Echigo (Niigata Prefecture)
This is a large strawberry and is an authentic Niigata variety with delicious tender meat quality. It has a good fragrance and is sweet.
The scent of first love
“White mulberry” does not turn red even when ripe. The skin is also white and beautiful, in recent years it mainly attracts the attention of women.
Strawberries from small seeds to large seeds have their own taste, sweet and sour. In addition to raw food, if it is too sour or sweet enough, you can add condensed milk or jam and enjoy.