Strawberries are one of my favour fruits because they’re so diverse. Living in Australia, I loved enjoying some strawberries with ice-cream around Christmas time during the heat of summer. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy that in Japan, and not because all fruit is ridiculously expensive. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that winter was the season Japan grows their strawberries. So I made it my duty to go and pick some for the holidays!
Just like in The Netherlands, strawberries here are grown in hot houses so they can be enjoyed all year round. If you’re able to go to one of the many places that grows strawberries in Japan, they more often than not provide a strawberry and sweets buffet.
At the place I went to in Osaka, can enjoy cakes, cream, ice-cream, chocolate, custard, condensed milk, and pudding with your strawberries over an hour. For those with a sweet tooth, this is heaven come early. For the rest of us, I strongly encourage taking your time and only picking the very best strawberries or you’ll be sick within minutes.
Walking inside the hothouses is interesting as well. You can have rows and rows of endless strawberry plants elevated off the ground. It’s completely different to the farm I used to work at where customers picked the strawberries outside. The colour of the fruit too is almost unnaturally bright. Japan is notorious for its GM foods so you might want to check with your nearby strawberry farm.
You can pick the strawberries anytime from December to April.