I love them when they are picked still warm from the vine in summer.
As I enjoy the current strawberry season, I am reminded of the stack of strawberries at my local grocery store that I am not tempted by…
The list of toxic chemicals to facilitate the growth of those hard tasteless red buds:
- methyl iodide — a carcinogenic substance so dangerous that scientists use it to induce cancer in tissue cultures.
- sulfuryl fluoride — a fumigant that is a greenhouse gas 4,800 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Fumigants are used to sterilize the soils, which kill the microorganisms that convert dead plant matter into humus and transfer micro-nutrients into crops, etc.
I definitely prefer to have strawberries once a year compared to the tasteless abundant strawberries grown in dead soils laden with carcinogenic chemicals packaged in plastic and shipped across the country.
So, here is to our own summery strawberry season and the all of the delicious red joy it brings!