There was an interesting article in the Toronto Star yesterday about the journey of California strawberry - from the genetics lab in California to the local grocery stores all over North America. It’s incredible/scary all the processes involved from seeds to fruit.
Some interesting facts from the article:
- there are over 200 genetically unique seeds on each strawberry
- the growing season for Ontario strawberries is 5 weeks; in California, 9 months
- each strawberry plant is engineered from a seed, put through heat treatment, humidity chamber, and travelled to mountains in Northern California for cooling
- California strawberry fields are first fumigated with methyl bromide to kill all weeds, bugs and fungus to a depth of 2.4 metres (is this practice common in all commercial farming, or unique to strawberries?)
- once picked, strawberries are cooled to 2 degree Celcius to prolong the shelf life to 10 days
- the farthest city the California strawberries travel to is Toronto