Winter is here, and so are the strawbs! Which means there’s a great opportunity to get behind Queensland farmers.
While we’ve chilled through the first few days of the cold season, the state’s strawberries are set to blossom.
After a difficult start, with drought-affected plants, the current climate and winter sunshine is bringing the plants back to life after a slightly scarce few weeks.
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We’re being promised some of the berry freshest, juiciest berries during June and July, after the Palaszczuk Government launched the winter season on the Sunshine Coast this morning.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Queensland’s contribution to winter production was significant with locally grown strawberries renowned for their size, colour and juicy flavour.
“Queensland strawberry growers produce up to 30,000 tonnes or up to 60 million punnets of fruit per season, which is about 40 percent of Australia’s annual strawberry production.
“Wamuran is at the heart of winter strawberry production with delicious varieties including Red Rhapsody, Suncoast Delight and Parisienne Kiss grown from Bundaberg to the Gold Coast.
“These sweet and nutritious strawberries can be used in winter warmers such as crumbles, a strawberry version of banana bread and on pancakes with syrup; traditional favourites like strawberries and cream, in smoothies or even as a tasty addition to salsas,” Mr Furner said.
Apparently strawberries are the most bought fruit behind apples and bananas.
“Already 800,000 punnets of strawberries leave Queensland farms each week on average, but if just five per cent of families bought just two more punnets of strawberries from now until the end of September, an extra 6.3 million punnets of strawberries would be sold.
“When you buy Queensland strawberries and support Queensland farmers, you are directly supporting more Queensland jobs – more jobs in a stronger Queensland economy,” Mr Furner said.
So put a punnet in your basket this week at the store.