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(NPR)   Decision by U.C. Davis botanists could put strawberry growers in a jam   (npr.org) divider line 37
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2014-07-01 08:19:09 PM  
Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-01 08:46:35 PM  
We had tiny little strawberries in the backyard when I was a kid. Now I know why they were so tiny. Real, native American strawberries are not the same species as the big things you buy at the supermarket.
 
2014-07-01 08:57:02 PM  
Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.
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2014-07-01 09:11:07 PM  
distritoglobal.com
 
2014-07-01 10:02:28 PM  

plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.


'Organic' doesn't really have anything to do with their taste.
 
2014-07-01 10:20:47 PM  

ElLoco: plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.

'Organic' doesn't really have anything to do with their taste.


Strawberries dont ship so well
 
2014-07-01 10:21:00 PM  

ZAZ: We had tiny little strawberries in the backyard when I was a kid. Now I know why they were so tiny. Real, native American strawberries are not the same species as the big things you buy at the supermarket.


Best strawberries I've ever had were wild, from a bog near Valparaiso, Indiana, and were no larger than the nail on your pinky finger.  Neighbor kid and I found a patch sometime around '72 or '73, and for the next few summers after that would spend afternoons harvesting a pint, maybe two, eating about the same all the while, and then basking in the glow of our parents awe at our find.   So full of flavor.  I have only tasted anything like them again, once, at a small restaurant outside of Salzburg, Austria, but hope to remember that flavor always.

It is now that I conclude my CSB.
 
2014-07-01 10:21:24 PM  
Wild strawberries are awesome but you need a lot of them.

I need to stock up on on a whole heap of heirloom goods. Enough of these bastards and their games.
 
2014-07-01 10:25:21 PM  
Article title mentions "Breeding Battle", and I immediately picture some people in a boxing ring, naked except for Luchador masks...

/"I want a good, clean breeding here. No hitting above the belt.. Now go back to your corners, and when the bell rings, come out breeding!"
//I think there may be something wrong with my brain.
 
2014-07-01 10:31:15 PM  
I don't understand why people are impressed by huge strawberries. They have no flavor and dry textures.
 
2014-07-01 10:42:29 PM  

plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.


organic has nothing to do with it.
 
2014-07-01 10:50:31 PM  
Wild Indian strawberries are the best, but you would never get enough for one good shortcake.

Most produce in the farmer's markets and grocery stores (organic and sane) are ALL the same damned breeds.  Get rid of Cavendish bananas and the market would utterly disappear.  Globalized food production does have drawbacks when it comes to variety.  However, Dr. Malthus still has never gotten his last laugh.  fark him.
 
2014-07-01 11:08:17 PM  

plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.


Washington strawberries are freaking awesome when in season. Carpinito Bros down in Kent has them typically during the season and I've almost always got at least a half flat on hand just to snack on.
 
2014-07-01 11:10:10 PM  
Better call the Wind Up girl.
 
2014-07-01 11:44:45 PM  

sprgrss: plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.

organic has nothing to do with it.


The 'organic' part might not, but 'organic' strawberries are more likely to have been grown locally and shipped more ripe than megafarmed strawberries shipped from far away, which would improve the taste.
 
2014-07-01 11:45:11 PM  
I'm guessing there's something about UC Davis only licensing their breeds to be grown in California, and that if the breeders go private they might license for anyone. Anyone know what happened to all the tobacco fields made redundant with our anti-smoking era? Or was that all bought up by asians?
 
2014-07-01 11:47:14 PM  
"Being a strawberry breeder, I shouldn't admit this, but I think for a long time, taste was going down," says Hancock.

Awww, yeah
 
2014-07-01 11:51:57 PM  
"I'm having trouble with the radar, sir!"
 
2014-07-01 11:54:49 PM  
Large commercial strawberries can't begin to compare in taste to wild strawberries that you can still pick around here, but the wild ones are tiny indeed. I remember picking for hours just to get enough for one cobbler, or one small run of jam. But man were they tasty.
 
2014-07-01 11:57:13 PM  
As long as they don't leave with the strawberries I don't see any real problem.
 
2014-07-02 12:00:11 AM  
Sounds like a delicious problem.
 
2014-07-02 12:14:42 AM  
Call Agri-Gen.
 
2014-07-02 12:52:44 AM  
Grow your own.

Hydroponic strawberries.  (YouTube)
 
2014-07-02 01:00:43 AM  

plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.


All strawberries are organic.

/and they're the same goddamned strawberries, just without certain pesticides/fertilizers
/"organic" chicken tastes like shiat
 
2014-07-02 01:58:19 AM  
Let me take you down, cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn't matter much to me
Let me take you down, cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
 
2014-07-02 03:59:07 AM  
First they came for the limes, but I did nothing for I do not like Margaritas.

Then they came for the Strawberries, but I did nothing for I do jot like Daceries.

But then they came for the barley.....
 
2014-07-02 04:26:58 AM  
Went to France this summer. Ate some strawberries. Amazed. They were actually sweet. The USA ones suck, people actually have to dip it in sugar here in the states.
 
2014-07-02 07:28:09 AM  
Why do these a farmers hate the free market?
 
2014-07-02 08:41:36 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Why do these a farmers hate the free market?


I'd be interested to know the rest of their politics... Just to see where they lie on the bootstraps-to-Ingsoc spectrum.
 
2014-07-02 08:48:36 AM  

gund: Went to France this summer. Ate some strawberries. Amazed. They were actually sweet. The USA ones suck, people actually have to dip it in sugar here in the states.


France imports about 80% of all its strawberries. The fruit you had was probably not from France but from Spain or Morocco.

The reason the USA ones aren't sweet is because they aren't quite ripe. But if they picked them when ripe they'd be bad by the time they reached market. If you don't live where they grown there's not another option.
 
2014-07-02 09:15:51 AM  

ElLoco: plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.

'Organic' doesn't really have anything to do with their taste.


Maybe not, but maybe a required condition of that label makes the difference. All I know is that Driscoll's organic strawberries taste much better than their non organic strawberries. It's an anecdote that repeats itself every time I buy them. I'm not one to spend extra on gimmicks and don't buy 'organic' anything else...minus milk, but that's because I can't find regular milk that is ultra-pasteurized.
 
2014-07-02 10:46:50 AM  

SewerSquirrels: ElLoco: plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.

'Organic' doesn't really have anything to do with their taste.

Maybe not, but maybe a required condition of that label makes the difference. All I know is that Driscoll's organic strawberries taste much better than their non organic strawberries. It's an anecdote that repeats itself every time I buy them. I'm not one to spend extra on gimmicks and don't buy 'organic' anything else...minus milk, but that's because I can't find regular milk that is ultra-pasteurized.


The label makes all the difference our brains need.

//Some people think ultra-pasteurized tastes burnt
 
2014-07-02 11:45:28 AM  

meat0918: SewerSquirrels: ElLoco: plushpuppy: Good modern strawberries taste like cardboard. Only organic strawberries taste like they should.

'Organic' doesn't really have anything to do with their taste.

Maybe not, but maybe a required condition of that label makes the difference. All I know is that Driscoll's organic strawberries taste much better than their non organic strawberries. It's an anecdote that repeats itself every time I buy them. I'm not one to spend extra on gimmicks and don't buy 'organic' anything else...minus milk, but that's because I can't find regular milk that is ultra-pasteurized.

The label makes all the difference our brains need.

Speak for your self. My brain needs strawberries that taste like strawberries.

//Some people think ultra-pasteurized tastes burnt
I rarely do anything but cook with milk. That's why it needs a long shelf life...and why it doesn't matter if it tastes burnt, unfortunately.
 
2014-07-02 02:07:02 PM  
"Am I spreading it on too thick?"
 
2014-07-02 03:11:22 PM  
My mother always had a bed of strawberries when I was growing up. I can not eat the hard, tasteless things you buy now. And don't get me started on the awful tasting basketball things they call watermelons now.
 
2014-07-02 06:35:50 PM  
Somebody call Monsanto, stat.
 
2014-07-03 12:05:39 AM  

listernine: Somebody call Monsanto, stat.


Who do you think that your are buying from in the Fall and Winter?  It's not Astrology.  There is real science behind it.  Enjoy your mono-breed produce for the entire year, too.  Bananas, Strawberries, Asparagus, Carrots, etc.

Did you buy your produce from a store?  Bow down to Monsanto.  Was it off-season?  Offer two prayers, one for Monsanto and another for big oil for the transportation costs.

Everybody, EVERY SINGLE PERSON worldwide, buys from the same farmers, like it or not.  Get over it.  Monsanto has saved a lot of markets from globalized starvation.  Nobody likes it, but if you have two brain cells to rub together, it's a zero-sum argument. They have solved global starvation.

   It's now a global issue on the after-effects.  Tough shiat.
 
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