I LOVE fruits. especially berries, cherries, and strawberries (hence the name; berriesenthusiast.) They are the little things in life that make me happy 🙂
Coming from a tropical country like Thailand, these fruits are typically not produced locally, and they are crazy expensive. What’s not to like about unattainable fruits! So every time I travel abroad to cold climate countries, that’s one of the things I look forward to – eating berries and cherries.
Thailand do have strawberries too, from the Northern region, but the taste is mostly sour and doesn’t quite have the refreshing sweetness. So the best way to have it, for the locals, is with พริกเกลือ (prik-gleu,) a blend of sugar, salt, and chili, to bring out the taste and cut into the sourness.
Before going to the best strawberries in the world, I’m giving the best value strawberries prize, in terms of taste and price, to the berries in the UK. They were sweet and sour, and for 2 packs for 3 pounds, you can’t go wrong.
I compare the taste and cost to other places I have eaten strawberries from, like Paris, New York, Michigan, and of course Thailand.
The best tasting strawberries I have ever had were from, if you’re also a fan of strawberries and would guess it, Japan! Of course the time that I visited helped, because it was in late March – early April and the strawberries in Japan taste the best and sweetest in the winter time. See here: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/dining/food/jfood_11.html It also helped elevate the strawberries eating experience when I was watching Mt. Fuji, or while I was admiring the blooming cherry blossoms 🙂
I would love to visit strawberries farm in Japan and pick and eat all the fresh strawberries to my heart’s desire. However, the strawberries farms are usually quite far away, and considering the commuting/ tour cost, and around 1,500 yen for the admission fee, I prefer to just get them from local supermarkets as I travel places. If you would love to visit the farms, here’s a good site for more information http://www.yokoso-japan.jp/en/feature04.html
I have yet to try strawberries from Korea, which I have heard are pretty good and refreshingly sweet too. Guess I will wait to buy from local gourmets when they are on promotions.
Note that different seasons provide different taste, everyone’s preference is different, and where I buy them does not mean the strawberries were grown there.
Adding to my strawberries collection, Korean strawberries! The taste is sweet, but the sweetness is more diluted and the taste and texture is not as scrumptious comparing to the Japanese strawberries. Could just be this breed though, as I am sure there are other more yummy ones.