Producing the Goods
Strawberries were traditionally grown in the Tamar Valley, Cornwall, producing early crops, thanks to the equitable climate. Most of these market gardens have gone, but strawberries are grown elsewhere in the county. Phil Boddington runs the county’s largest strawberry-growing enterprise on 20 acres of sloping land by the sea at Mevagissey. He believes that "Cornwall has the perfect climate to grow the best strawberries in the world. The fruit ripens gradually, increasing the sugar content so we can be sure of maximum flavour and sweetness". Some of his strawberries are available for PYO. Others are grown in poly-tunnels and are sold to local shops and restaurants as well as superstores and wholesale markets.
Phil and his wife Louise have cleverly made all kinds of products with their strawberries, (by hand in small batches) no doubt using the misshapen or small ones that we tend to reject. Strawberry jams, vinegars, wine, liqueurs and syrups have made a seasonal fruit into delicious treats that are available through out the year.
Contact: Boddingtons PYO
The Ashes, Trgoney Hill, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6RQ
+44(0)1726 842346, e-mail: info [at] boddingtonsberries.co.uk
Source: Carol Trewin, 'Gourmet Cornwall' (Alison Hodge, 2005) and website