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Please tell me these are wild strawberries

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kally195 Wed 26-Apr-17 17:36:01

And not some kind of voracious weed I now have to eradicate from about 80% of my garden...

P1nkP0ppy Wed 26-Apr-17 17:39:28

Ummm...... I'm not convinced they're wild strawberries op, can you take a close up photo please?

BetterEatCheese Wed 26-Apr-17 17:48:02

The leaves and flowers look right.

kally195 Wed 26-Apr-17 17:49:13

Any better?

BetterEatCheese Wed 26-Apr-17 17:50:11

I would say so!

Stormtreader Wed 26-Apr-17 17:50:21

Looks pretty much like strawberries to me

kally195 Wed 26-Apr-17 17:51:46

Fabulous - thank you!

Right...assuming the many, many plants end up producing berries, does anyone have any ideas for what I can do with three tonnes of fruit good recipes for jam?!

Halsall Wed 26-Apr-17 17:53:31

I've just been on your other thread OP. Wild strawberries are so tiny you'll eat the lot before they get anywhere near the jam-pan! Lucky you though. They're delicious.

KanyesVest Wed 26-Apr-17 17:53:46

I think they might be alpine strawberries which are gorgeous but tiny.

Shockers Wed 26-Apr-17 17:54:42

Yes they are! 🍓

TheMasterNotMargarita Wed 26-Apr-17 17:54:50

Lucky you!
There won't be enough for jam if it's anything like here. They'll be munched as soon as they're ready 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓

kally195 Wed 26-Apr-17 18:04:19

I'm so pleased that any fruit we get should be good! What you can see in the first photos is a fraction of what is growing - they are in every flower bed. I'm already hatching nefarious plans to use my almost 3 year old as a strawberry picking machine.

onalongsabbatical Wed 26-Apr-17 18:06:12

Definitely wild strawberries we have loads and I just compared, but ppl are right, it'll take you about an hour to pick a couple of mouthfuls, jam you will most certainly not be making! grin

RustyBear Wed 26-Apr-17 18:10:32

Good luck - we've had wild strawberries all over our garden for the last 25 years, and we never get to the fruit before the birds...

kally195 Wed 26-Apr-17 18:15:21

Oh - google shows me they are really, really tiny scales back jam empire daydreams

And joy of joys - what I though were more strawberries have flowered yellow, which means I have Creeping Cinquefoil to deal with.

olliegarchy99 Wed 26-Apr-17 18:16:00

They are delicious and will spread in your garden (well they have in mine)
They can get eaten by mice/snails as they are low growing so pick daily. If only cultivated mega strawberries could taste as nice smile

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Wed 26-Apr-17 19:04:32

If you really want to make jam, pick every day and freeze. The more you pick, the more you'll have (as long as there's a good summer). A sandwich bag full should be enough to make jam, as long as you bulk it out with an apple for the pectin (cut it up and let it go brown) and a big piece of marrow (peel and cube finely, it will bulk out the jam without affecting the flavour).

If you plant 'ordinary' strawberries among your alpines they can cross-pollinate, with random - but always delicious - results.

tizwozliz Wed 26-Apr-17 19:53:35

I wouldn't get too excited about the wild strawberries

SeaRabbit Sat 29-Apr-17 06:08:56

I grow wild strawberries but a variety called Alexandria, that produces really big berries:

www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3320024/Line-the-paths-with-hundreds-of-Alpine-strawberries.html

I grub up 'normal' wild strawberry plants because the berries are so tiny it's hard work picking them, but Alexandra berries can be almost normal strawberry size, with a very good flavour.

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