Strawberries & Raspberries
We grow about 5 different varieties that differ in maturity, flavour, taste and texture. Some are better for jam as they have a higher sugar content while others are large and fabulous looking and folks love them for eating and feasting their eyes on.
During the berry season we have lots of berries available for pick-your-own die-hards and baskets of pre-picked berries for those of you who love berries but do not have the time, inclination or ability to pick!
Originating in the Americas. Strawberries are high in vitamins, folic acid and minerals. Eight medium strawberries contain only 45 calories, no fat and more vitamin C than one orange! One cup of freshly picked and sliced strawberries contain, 1 gram protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, 12 grams dietary fiber 4 grams calcium, 23 mg iron, 0.6 mg magnesium, 16 mg phosphorus, 32 mg potassium, 45 mg selenium, 1 mg vitamin C, 94 mg folate, and 29 mg vitamin A. In addition, strawberries have been shown to possess a powerful array of antioxidants.
During its sojourn in Europe the strawberry became famous for its other attributes. In France, strawberries are believed to be a potent aphrodisiac! Newlyweds were served strawberry soup made from thinned sour cream, strawberries; an herb called borage and powdered sugar. During medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace and prosperity. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, which are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return. Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily. To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals. There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to this amazing berry . There you can discover that strawberries are a member of the rose family, the first fruit to ripen in the spring, the only fruit with seeds on the outside, and that the average strawberry has 200 seeds.
Raspberries: are usually ready by mid-July. We grow Boyne a variety that produces red berries in the summer. Boyne is a hardy type that does better than other varieties in Muskoka. On our farm Raspberries sometimes overlap with Strawberries and when that happens it is such a treat to be able to enjoy both these berries at the same time!