Strawberries are among the most common small fruits, especially in the home garden. Strawberry plants are easy to grow and maintain and produce good quality fruit with minimal care. A number of cultivars are suited to different climates. Choosing good tasting fruit and varieties that are adapted to specific weather conditions ensure a prolific strawberry production. Three major strawberry types include junebearers, dayneutrals and everbearers.
Earliglow strawberries are cited as among the best tasting strawberry varieties by the University of Vermont Extension site. Earliglow berries are large in size and are a preferred variety for wholesale or retail. The strawberry plants are vigorous in growth and production of runners. Earliglow strawberries are also well resistant to verticillium wilt and red stele root rot. The variety belongs to the junebearing group of berries, and the fruit ripens faster than any other variety. Earliglow strawberries are uniform in shape and colour.
Darselect strawberries are among the early midseason strawberry varieties, and the flavour is cited as very good by the University of Vermont Extension site. Darselect strawberry plants are high yielding, producing uniform, and bright red, conical-shaped fruit with a soft texture. The variety is a favourite for use in plasticulture and matted row production of strawberries. In surveys conducted on darselect by Nourse Farms Inc., 90 per cent of the customers rated the variety as good to excellent for its colour, size, growth of plants and overall appearance of fruit.
Sparkle strawberries are listed as having an excellent flavour by the University of Vermont Extension site. The dark red, soft strawberries are one of the late midseason varieties. Sparkle strawberry plants are vigorous in growth and well resistant to red stele. The variety is preferred for eating fresh given its high flavour. Sparkle is also among the cold hardy strawberry varieties and thrives in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. The plants produce runners freely, and healthy plants continue to bear fruit for three to four years.