Early strawberry bloomThis article was originally published in Foodnews
SOME US strawberries are starting to bloom five weeks ahead of season because of the warm temperatures, website Arkansas Matters reports. Growers are concerned that a late frost could damage the crop. The early blooming means that some produce will come to market earlier than usual, and growers also believe that more sunshine creates sweeter fruit. The weather is, however, unlikely to have a serious impact on US exports this year, since 80% of the country’s strawberries are grown in California, which had a reasonable growing season. The 133 935 tonnes of US fresh strawberries exported in 2011 to November represented a 2% drop, but the 25 954 tonnes of frozen strawberries exported in the same period was 31% higher than the previous year.