Strawberries

Seasonality:

  • DelFrescoPure greenhouse-grown strawberries are available from November to June.
  • Strawberries are picked, packed and shipped the same day, with delivery to grocery stores in less an 24 hours.

Health Benefits of Strawberries:

  • Strawberries provide an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of folate and 4 grams of fiber, all for 50 calories per cup!
  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C than the equivalent weight of fresh oranges. Just 7 strawberries (80g) provides your recommended daily amount! Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the normal function of the immune system and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • One serving of strawberries can help improve heart healthy, lower the risk of developing some cancers and lower blood pressure.
  • Strawberries also contain phytonutrients, potassium,folate and fiber.
  • Strawberries contain significant levels of the antioxidant anthocyanidin, which provides them with their vibrant red color.

How to Select Strawberries:

  • When buying strawberries, look for shiny, bright red berries. The color should be a vibrant red. The calyx, the leaves at the top of the stem, should be green and fresh, with no browning.

How to Store Strawberries:

  • Strawberries are ripe and ready to eat when you buy them. Strawberries are highly perishable and should be refrigerated in their original package in the refrigerator.
  • DelFrescoPure strawberries have a shelf life of 5-7 days.

How to Prepare Strawberries:

  • Always wash your strawberries before you eat them. The best way to do this is to carefully place them into a colander, rinse under cold water and gently pat dry with kitchen towel.
  • To get the fullest flavor, bring strawberries up to room temperature before eating.
  • Remove the green tops, or hull, and enjoy!

Fun Facts about Strawberries:

  • Strawberry plant varieties are grown from the plant’s runners, not the seeds. Planting a strawberry seed would give you a new variety of strawberry
  • Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry has about 200 seeds.
  • Historically strawberries were used medicinally to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations.

Why Greenhouse Strawberries?

  • DelFrescoPure started with a 1-acre strawberry greenhouse as a pilot project and saw overwhelming success. They expanded to another 10 acres with production starting November 2017 for the Ontario marketplace. In 2019, they had another 6-acre expansion and added in high-pressure sodium lights, making them Canada’s largest greenhouse strawberry controlled environment with grow lights.
  • The expansion features innovative technology for growing in all seasons including energy curtains and high-pressure sodium grow lights to provide a controlled microclimate environment for growing strawberries.
  • DelFrescoPure Strawberries are branded under YES!Berries Your Everyday Snack!™ – these strawberries are greenhouse-grown in a controlled micro-climate that allows them to grow a uniform product at a larger harvest yield.
  • The berries grow in long white gutters set at chest height for easy harvesting, their roots fed by nutrient-rich water. They’re also nourished by the sun, and the new greenhouse have special lights that make year-round production possible.
  • DelFrescoPure® uses recycled growing medium and feeds the plants with nutrient-enriched water which helps minimize environmental waste. They use integrated pest management system, which utilizes ladybugs as biological controls, reducing the need for pesticides. They also introduce bumblebees into the greenhouses to pollinate plants and flowers.

About DelFrescoPure:

  • DelFrescoPure® is a family-owned and operated company for over 50 years. They are leader in the greenhouse hydroponic sector, located in the heart of Ontario’s greenhouse industry in Kingsville, ON.
  • With over 100 acres under glass, they grow, market and ship greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, eggplant and strawberries.
  • Carl and his family started with a road side stand and now he’s partners with his son and nephew.
  • Learn more at DelFrescoPure.com.

Check out these fun ideas for your YES!Berries: