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Strawberries in Switzerland.

Interesting comments in this BBC article about Strawberries and the fact that half the Strawberry farms in Spain are using illegal water supplies at the expense of the environment.

Swiss people, according to the head of Bio Suisse, should be buying organic (if they're not buying locally, as there are tighter controls in organic farming. He then justified the cost:

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Organic strawberries can sometimes be twice as expensive - but Mr Remseir says that is often not a problem for the Swiss consumer.

"In Switzerland, food buying represents only 5% of income, so price is not that relevant for making decisions."
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:12
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

Mmmmm just bought a pack of 500g from coop for 4.95 chf. I know theres a strawberry field just twice the walk but the kiddo started nagging already. I wonder how much the difference is if i pick them myself?
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:13
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:21
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

My m-i-l grows them... I get mine for "free." (Unless you count the cost of helping in garden, but even then, I think I come out ahead since I get to learn new stuff while I'm at it.)
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:33
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

My wife refuses to buy the Spanish ones and she loves having a go at the little old Swiss ladies when they pick up the Spanish ones rather than the Swiss ones just among the counter.

She loves the look of embarrassment on their usually smug faces.
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:37
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My m-i-l grows them... I get mine for "free." (Unless you count the cost of helping in garden, but even then, I think I come out ahead since I get to learn new stuff while I'm at it.)

My mil also but she´s in germany, 6 hrs away. I could get some absolutely free(no idea about gardening) when we visit them soon.
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:54
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

The farm up the street from us had golf ball sized strawberries that were delicious! Cant wait for cherries that should be coming in next week
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Old 27.05.2011, 18:23
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

Did u do the picking? how much cheaper is it compared to coop/groceries?
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Old 27.05.2011, 19:29
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

I don't buy any fruit or veg from Spain unless I'm in Spain.

They are making a mess of the country side, pesticides like crazy, poor wages & working conditions for migrants, and they only send the hot house crap out of the country. The good stuff stays in the country.

I'm surprised they continue to get away with that rubbish. Honestly, sometimes I wonder what is the point of the EU if they can't stop this damaging behavior.

(I'll get off the soap box, sorry)
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Old 27.05.2011, 19:30
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow - you can grow them in pots or planters on a balcony, in terraces, planted in a garden, etc. There are hanging strawberries, climbing strawberries, early harvest, late harvest, ever-bearing, pink flowering strawberries - a decorative as well as useful plant.

I started with about a dozen plants in my terrace, and now I have hundreds - so many that I use the extras as groundcover.

As a gardener, I have far more enthusiasm than talent - yet even I manage a decent harvest.

At the price of strawberries in the grocery store, a few plants for the balcony is a good investment.
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

It cost me 5 CHF for 1 kg at two different strawberry fields. So it's about half the price to pick them yourself.

We picked some in Urdorf a few days ago and they were really good.
We also went to a field in Bonstetten and picked about 4 kg worth, but our hands really smelled like chemicals afterwords, and the strawberries were kind of tasteless, so I wouldn't recommend going there!
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

Will it be possible to have some web page with list of self-service Strawberries fields in Switzerland?
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Old 01.06.2011, 10:12
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

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My son likes strawberry too much and we are moving to Switzerland and i heard that there are many big fields of strawberry in Switzerland.

There are even more in Germany.
Just watch the limit of 20kg per person and day that you can import without duty.
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

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Will it be possible to have some web page with list of self-service Strawberries fields in Switzerland?
There you go :-):
http://www.selberpfluecken.ch/
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

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Did u do the picking? how much cheaper is it compared to coop/groceries?
Much.message too short
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Interesting comments in this BBC article about Strawberries and the fact that half the Strawberry farms in Spain are using illegal water supplies at the expense of the environment.

Swiss people, according to the head of Bio Suisse, should be buying organic (if they're not buying locally, as there are tighter controls in organic farming. He then justified the cost:
A while (might have been last strawberry-season) ago, I read a feature (at tagesanzeiger, IIRC) that concluded that from a water-economics point of view, it does not really matter if you buy organic or not.
Most everybody down there apparently uses some sort of fossil water to grow the fruits - otherwise there simply would be none.

Once that water has been used up, the landscape down there will quickly turn into a desert (or at least into steppe).
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Old 01.06.2011, 14:21
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A while (might have been last strawberry-season) ago, I read a feature (at tagesanzeiger, IIRC) that concluded that from a water-economics point of view, it does not really matter if you buy organic or not.
Most everybody down there apparently uses some sort of fossil water to grow the fruits - otherwise there simply would be none.

Once that water has been used up, the landscape down there will quickly turn into a desert (or at least into steppe).
I think the point is that due to the water shortages, those farmers using it in abundance illegally probably wouldn't be allowed to use it in such quantities if they applied for use legally.

Basically - there are too many farms in some parts of Spain providing cheap fruit and vegetables at the expense of the local landscape.
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Will it be possible to have some web page with list of self-service Strawberries fields in Switzerland?
http://www.terrenature.ch/cueillette
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Re: Strawberries in Switzerland.

I love the little wild ones that grow in the woods- they have a more concentrated taste. I have been told by locals not to eat them though becuase of Fuchs wurmer (fox tapeworm). But surely domestic strawberries may carry the same risk?

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Fruits and berries from ground level (less than 60 to 80 cm above the ground) or fungi may be able to adhere tapeworm eggs. However, risk studies was no link between the increased consumption of berries and mushrooms, and increased infection rates observed in. Thus, the means of the molecular biologist and fox tapeworm expert Klaus Brehm of Würzburg University says, " That one of the fox tapeworm can pick berries should be, into the realm of legends. It is proved for any single patient that he has so infected. "It is sometimes recommended but always close to the ground gathered fruits and berries, unwashed never eat. Freezing of the fruits is not sufficient to conventional wisdom, as the eggs at 80 ° C die first, the fruit should, if there is a possibility to be cooked.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsbandwurm
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