“Did you taste the strawberries this week?”, “Did you see how cheap they are on the corner?” or “They are very tasty, take advantage!”. The comment became habitual and is common in every office or work place in La Plata.
With the arrival of October, the greengrocers of the City began to dye the characteristic particular red that characterizes perhaps the tastiest fruit that is harvested from the fruit and vegetable cord of the Region. In turn, several of the “search engines” that are installed at the traffic lights, began to offer trays of strawberries at 100 pesos.
Why more than other years and maybe even several weeks earlier than usual each spring? The Day visited several greengrocers in the City and they agree that there was a key factor: the weather. “Although the winter was with low temperature records, there were no raw frosts that affected the crop, and the fair rainfall helped and more the sun that has been accompanying since August,” said a merchant who in turn has farms in Abasto.
“Since the good strawberry began to enter, customers perceive it and each one takes advantage and takes a good handful,” they said at 8 and 33.
The same merchant added: “Not only does it come from this region but it still continues to come from the interior, with the same quality.”
Regarding how long the red tide will last in the local greengrocers, they argue that the season could last until the beginning of January.
As required by law, supply and demand drive the price variation. This week, in several greengrocers in the City you can get 2 kilos at 350 pesos to 500 pesos. In that strip, there are black slates on each sidewalk.
HOW TO KEEP THEM
Many of the customers prefer to carry a good handful and not to buy the 2 kilos offers. “They get ugly fast,” most agree. “Ideally, take them out of the bag, give them a good rinse and put it on a plate or tray in the refrigerator. That way, for at least 72 hours they keep well. Of course, if one is bitten or sprouts, it inevitably spreads towards the rest, “said one of the greengrocers consulted.
RICH IN FLAVOR AND NUTRIENTS
The strawberry stands out, not only for its appearance and sweet-acid taste, but also because it also has a large amount of vitamins (A, C, E and B1, B2, B3 and B6) and minerals such as Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iodine, Antioxidants, Fiber, Folic Acid and others, essential for health.