Lutton Farm grows 10ha of strawberries, and we take pride in producing excellent flavoured, high quality fruit. We grow the following varieties:
• Driscolls Jubilee – the best tasting premium strawberry in the world, which produces fruit from June until Sept
• Driscolls Elizabeth - a new variety from Driscolls that sits alongside Jubilee as a premium strawberry that produces fruit in the earlier part of the season.
Strawberries have higher levels of vitamin C, fibre, calcium and potassium than most other fruits. Studies have shown that eating one serving, about 8-10 strawberries, a day can significantly decrease blood pressure, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Strawberries should be eaten as soon as possible. It is recommended not to wash them until you are ready to consume them. If you want to store them in the fridge you can do that at +2C to +4C.
The strawberry allergen is very similar to the one in birch pollen: it is very common for those allergic to birch pollen to develop other food allergies (such as strawberries, pineapples and kiwi fruits).
Here`s a list of interesting strawberry trivia:
•The strawberry is not classified by botanists as a true berry, as they are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
•Strawberries are low in calories: one portion of unsweetened strawberries has only 55 calories.
• Strawberries have long been associated with love and flirtation. Some believe that if you share a double strawberry with someone of the opposite sex by breaking it in half, the two of you will fall in love.
• Strawberries were cultivated by Romans as early as 200 BC. In mediaeval times they were regarded as an aphrodisiac and a soup made of strawberries, borage and soured cream was traditionally served to newly-weds at their wedding breakfast.
• In Belgium there is a museum entirely dedicated to strawberries.
• Madame Talien, the wife of a French aristocrat used to bath in fresh strawberry juice. Twenty-two pounds of crushed strawberries made up the bathwater.