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Post  quiltbea 6/26/2011, 4:26 pm

I grow two varieties of strawberry, Quinault and Sequoia.
I took a taste test today after I picked another quart of the beauties when the rain stopped and the sun came out for a few hours today.
My strawberry taste test! 06-26-10
Here's a combination of the two just picked, about a quart.
My strawberry taste test! 06-26-11
Top row are Sequoias, an everbearer, a more elongated berry.
Bottom row are Quinaults, a June bearer, with the traditional shape.
I did this twice with different berries, and Sequoias win hands down for sweetness.
The others have a slightly sweetish flavor with a bit of tartness.
Overall, putting a combination of the two in a bowl for shortcake makes them just divine.

Just thought folks might want to know if they plan on berries in their garden beds next year.
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Post  Furbalsmom 6/26/2011, 5:04 pm

Thanks for the comparison QuiltBea. I had some Quinaults.

Unfortunately, I let my strawberries in the old fashioned Embarassed SFG bed with amended soil get so weedy no strawberries bloomed or produced this year. I am no longer capable of weeding a bed on the ground.

Assuming I get more Table Top beds ready with MM, I will try again next year.

I miss my strawberries. Sad
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino 6/26/2011, 5:15 pm

Quiltbea, Quinalt is one of the varieties we considered for our two new beds this year, but ended up with Tristar and Seascape. They are just starting to color up and I'm anxious to see which tastes best and will be allowed to make runners next year. If our selection is as good mixed as yours is, maybe we'll keep both kinds. Otherwise, if one is definitely a second-rate, up she come. Thanks for your input. Nonna
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Post  stripesmom 6/26/2011, 8:33 pm

Thank you for posting, Quiltbea. I'm in the process of trying to get a bed of strawberries going. Wasn't sure what variety to go with. The last time I had strawberries, I planted a huge row garden of them, don't remember the variety, whatever the big box store had at the time. They were so sour! Plus, the weeds overwhelmed me and I just gave up after a year. So, thought I'd try again, but would like a pryamid style bed for fun. But, if I can't convience the old man that I NEED this, then will just do traditional SFG 4x4.
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Post  Goosegirl 6/26/2011, 8:46 pm

Thanks for the info. Does anyone have any experience with Ozarks? That is what I tried this year - 3 of 25 plants made it, not their fault! I do not know how they are on the sweet/tart scale.

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