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    • Zuzel
    • By Zuzel 3rd May 19, 12:06 PM
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    English Strawberries 400g £2 at Sainsbury's
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    English Strawberries 400g £2 at Sainsbury's 3rd May 19 at 12:06 PM
    I know it's still early for English/British strawberries because most shops are full of Spanish ones which just aren't comparable.

    But following their recent 227g/£1-50 offer which has just finished, Sainsbury's now have English strawberries 400g for £2.
    Considering that the smaller packs are still £2 (in my local Sainsburys at least) and considering that 250g of English strawberries are £1-89 in Lidl I think the Sainsbury's 400g packs are great value.
    Not to mention great-tasting too.
    I do like a few strawberries with my extra thick double cream.


    Official MoneySavingExpert insert Tue 14 May:

    If you visit Sainsburyís (find your nearest) or shop online you can get 400g British strawberries for £2. Weíve spotted 400g strawberries cheaper at Lidl (£1.69) and Ocado (£1.99), but theyíre not grown in the UK.

    Big thanks to Zuzel for the spot!
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    Last edited by MSE Hannah; 14-05-2019 at 4:03 PM.
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    • capman55
    • By capman55 14th May 19, 7:37 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 7:37 PM
    Strawberries /raspberries
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    • 14th May 19, 7:37 PM
    or Marks and Spencerís in Scotland have Scottish Strawberries and Scottish Raspberries for £2.00
    • quantumleaper
    • By quantumleaper 15th May 19, 6:51 AM
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    • 15th May 19, 6:51 AM
    I bought 454 grams of Somerset-grown strawberries for £2 in Asda this morning!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 15th May 19, 10:46 AM
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    I don't understand this snobbish attitude towards Spanish strawberries. They taste just fine to me.

    Given the choice I'd pick English purely to save air miles.
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    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 15th May 19, 1:14 PM
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    I don't understand this snobbish attitude towards Spanish strawberries. They taste just fine to me.

    Given the choice I'd pick English purely to save air miles.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Thatís the trouble, Spanish strawberries do, as you say, taste just fine.

    English strawberries are in a league of their own and taste stunning.
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    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 15th May 19, 7:39 PM
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    • 15th May 19, 7:39 PM
    I don't understand this snobbish attitude towards Spanish strawberries. They taste just fine to me.

    Given the choice I'd pick English purely to save air miles.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    It's not snobbery if you can taste the difference (which is not a gratuitous plug for Sainsbury's) and I most certainly can. It's not limited to strawberries, either - most Spanish fruit I find distinctly poor, especially Spanish peaches. This is due to the way it is grown (for speed and yield rather than for flavour). It is not a problem, in my experience, with either Italian or French fruit,
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 15th May 19, 8:20 PM
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    • 15th May 19, 8:20 PM
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    • 15th May 19, 8:20 PM
    350g of strawberries are £2 at Morrison's, or two for £3.
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 17th May 19, 4:39 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 4:39 AM
    350g of strawberries are £2 at Morrison's, or two for £3.
    Originally posted by MovingForwards
    English ones?
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    • Bacman
    • By Bacman 17th May 19, 6:41 AM
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    English strawberries have a lot more flavour, Spanish ones less so and a bit tarte. Compare both and you'll see the difference.

    Hampshire strawberries are the best you can get, they are well known for it, which is why they serve them at Wimbledon apparently.

    As always, it comes to not just weather and humidity but also the soil.


    Asda do very nice English strawberries at the moment too. Strawberries are seasonal (unless you want Spanish ones of course, most of the year they are bland) so will only be around as a tasty fruit for a matter of weeks now. No difference to melons or pineapples, some months they are cheap and very tasty, most months they are expensive and tasteless or hard.
    Last edited by Bacman; 17-05-2019 at 6:44 AM.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 17th May 19, 7:19 AM
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    English strawberries have a lot more flavour, Spanish ones less so and a bit tarte. Compare both and you'll see the difference.
    Originally posted by Bacman
    Strawberries straight from the fridge are always tart, so I prefer to leave them the sunshine for a couple of hours before consuming so they can develop their flavour and sweetness. I also tend to buy them only in season and avoid those that look like the product of runners so perhaps that's why I hadn't noticed the difference?

    I do remember buying some Kent strawberries in Aldi a few summers ago. They were huge and delicious. Going to hunt some more down when the sun comes back out.
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    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 17th May 19, 8:04 AM
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    Strawberries straight from the fridge are always tart, so I prefer to leave them the sunshine for a couple of hours before consuming so they can develop their flavour and sweetness. I also tend to buy them only in season and avoid those that look like the product of runners so perhaps that's why I hadn't noticed the difference?

    I do remember buying some Kent strawberries in Aldi a few summers ago. They were huge and delicious. Going to hunt some more down when the sun comes back out.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    It's worth finding which variety you personally like (most packets give this information). This has a significant effect on flavour -more so than where in the UK they are grown, not least because most strawberries will have been grown in polytunnels or under glass at this time of year.

    Currently, Aldi is selling British grown Malling Centenary, an excellent variety, They are well worth looking out for - the best I've had this year.

    Elsanta is one of the most popular varieties with supermarket buyers (who tend to base their criteria more on storage life, appearance and resistance to transit damage than on flavour). I think they epitomise what's wrong with commercially grown strawberries but your mileage may vary.

    Incidentally, all strawberries grown commercially are produced from runners - that is how the plants reproduce.

    Anyone interested in how strawberries are produced commercially might find the following interesting
    https://www.yara.co.uk/crop-nutrition/strawberries/production-systems/
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 19th May 19, 4:00 PM
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    I looked at the ones referred to in the OP in Sainsbury's yesterday and although a large quantity for the price, they looked under-ripe and unappetising. They had much better quality ones in smaller packs, at a higher price.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
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