Saturday 16 December 2017

Shopping around for: Strawberries

Tesco Strawberries
Tesco Strawberries
LIDL Oaklands Irish Strawberries

Edel Coffey

Wimbledon may be over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating strawberries. Nor does it mean you have to stop drinking your glass of Pimms, but you probably should.

It can be difficult to tell nowadays whether a fruit or vegetable is actually in season due to year-round production and importation of foods. The prices will usually give it away.

Bord Bia have a very useful calendar of seasonal food if you want to tune your shopping with nature’s seasons. Irish strawberries are in season for another couple of months yet so we might as well enjoy them while we can. There’s something very nice about the whole experience of stopping by a roadside farm shop to get strawberries straight from the field.

Wexford is famous for its sweet south-east varieties but most of the supermarkets now have deals with Irish suppliers, so it’s easy to pick some up at your local store.

Strawberries have a sugar content of about 5g to every 100g but they’re very high in vitamin C. If used as a replacement dessert, you can pretty much eat them guilt-free.

Tesco Strawberries 300g for €2.39

(80c per 100g)

Verdict: Tesco do a variety of strawberries from budget to branded. These are their own-brand variety and are a good standard fruit to use in everything. Sweet and firm.

Score: 4/5

LIDL Oaklands Irish Strawberries |300g €2.39 (80c per 100g)

Verdict: These are juicy and sweet and they are joint cheapest of the three. Excellent value.

Score: 4/5

Marks and Spencer 300g for €3.69

(€1.23 per 100g)

Verdict: Marks and Spencer and famed Dublin strawberry producers Keelings have teamed up with the Marie Keating foundation so that 20c from every punnet sold in M&S during July will go towards the foundation. You can’t beat that for a good cause and these are large and sweet. Worth the extra price.

Score: 4.5/5

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