Also, storing strawberries on the counter (instead of the fridge) for a few days triggers chemical reactions that will make them more fragrant, bright in colour and higher in antioxidants.
In one Canadian study, strawberries stored at 20C for four days experienced a whopping 700% increase in their flavour compounds. Be warned though, these reactions will not take place at temperatures lower than 10C, so avoid the fridge at all costs!
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A number of trials have shown that planting crops like strawberries through a sheet of red plastic mulch not only boosts their yields by up to 20%, but can result in noticeably larger, more aromatic fruit.
According to the researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture the light reflected by the red plastic mimics that which is bounced off the leaves of weed species. Strawberry plants react to this perceived threat by kicking out fruit in a bid to reproduce themselves ASAP.
ADAPTED FROM "RHS GROW FOR FLAVOUR" PUBLISHED BY MITCHELL BEAZLEY
COPYRIGHT JAMES WONG 2017
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