Hillsborough County farmers grow enough of these delicious berries to make us the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World"

Harvest: Strawberries 

Learn all about the strawberries grown in Hillsborough County.

When are fresh Hillsborough County strawberries available at local groceries and farm stands?

The harvest begins in November and continues through late March or early April.

What type of strawberries are grown commercially here?

Varieties including Radiance, Sensation, Winterstar, and Festival.

Where are strawberries most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

Plant City

How many acres are planted with strawberries?

About 11,000 acres.

How many pounds of strawberries are harvested?

Generally, 25,000 to 30,000 pounds per acre.

Fun fact

The Florida Strawberry Festival is held each spring in Plant City, the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World." This celebration of everything associated with the bountiful fruit has taken place annually since 1930, except for a six-year hiatus during and immediately after World War II.

Local insight

Strawberries will stay fresh longer and taste best if you keep them in the container, place the container in a refrigerator, and wash the berries just before eating them.

Last Modified: 1/10/2024, 7:22:58 PM

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