Alpine Strawberries

 

A member of The Strawberry Store Family of Sites

THE definitive site on alpine strawberries

You can buy Plants on this Site
By Clicking the ‘Buy Plants’ Link in the Top Menu

All Seed Orders are taken on this site.
Click ‘Store in the menu at the top of the page.

 We have to show off this p’icture taken by David Karp. It is a mix of yellow cultivars.

Fraises Des Bois - The Strawberry Store - Mixed Yellow StrawberriesPhoto Courtesy of © David Karp
 An index or home page is supposed to be a summary of a website. It is becoming more and more difficult to summarize what we do. First and foremost, I am a collector of Fragaria vesca varieties and has been doing that for over 25 years. Second, I am a researcher. I am endlessly curious about this strawberry. About what makes varieties different. Why are these berries not more widely cultivated here in the U.S.? These and many more questions give me ample reason to get up each morning and do it all again.

All of this has lead to the seed business. We sell Fragaria vesca seeds world-wide and year-round. Some seeds are purchased from seed houses world-wide. For rare varieties not otherwise available, we isolate plants of a number of cultivars and collect seeds from them. We believe that we offer the most comprehensive list of strawberry seeds available anywhere in the world … and the list is growing – so to speak. We had limited ourselves to non-runnering varieties but in the last couple of years have starting including runnering cultivars. We are also starting to offer seeds of other species as well.

Let me add a point here about nomenclature. Runnering June bearing cultivars are classified in our sites as woodland types. Day neutral clumping types are known as alpine strawberries. We classify them as alpines and are starting to use the species name Fragaria alpina.

The seed business lead us to the plant business. Our plant offerings have evolved over the years. We grew large cell plants in 18’s for a number of years and sold them as Quick Starts. Customers loved them because they grew as their name implied, they started quick. Shipping large amounts of soil took its toll on shipping costs so we have changed our Quick Starts to 32’s. We now offer plug trays of 51 plants per tray. Many new customers have embraced these smaller plants that are priced at less than $1 each. Shipping costs are more reasonable because 51 plants in small cells don’t weigh a lot.

Of course the big payoff for being in the seed and plant business is growing the plants and producing the fruit. After all, this is the reason we do all the other things. The fruit is the ultimate reward. It’s aroma is distintive and nearly impossible to put into words.. The taste is also difficult to describe. Many expect the fruit to taste tart and sweet at the same time like some garden strawberries are supposed to taste. They are not like the garden strawberries that one recent customer called styrofoam strawberries that are found in the supermarkets. Yes, alpine strawberries are strawberries, but not like anything you’ve ever tasted.

Here is a good spot to note a couple of myths that are propagated in North America. The first myth that our unpublished data has dispelled is that alpines are not very productive. If grown and cared for properly they are very productive. Much of the literature in English makes special note that alpines are ornamentals with little or no commercial value. Again, data and experience has dispelled that myth. Believe it or not, alpine fruit is being imported into the U.S. from Europe. The Europeans know of the commercial value but few if any in North America have been able to get past the misinformation propagated by so-called experts.

That is starting to change. Many are now discovering that alpines can be a great local business. In fact, we consider them the perfect local business. What better product could be offered to local high end users of gourmet strawberries than strawberries that cannot be shipped long distances without and investment in equipment? We now have customers who are buying seeds and/or plants from us and selling the fruit to local restaurants, caterers, confectioners, resort hotels, etc. They deliver a quality product grown and used locally.

Another big misconception is that alpines cultivars (cultivars) are all the same, just with different names. We have not tested all cultivars but are seeing significant production differences between cultivars and between cultivars that produce the three colors of fruit, red, white and yellow.

I’ll now get off my high horse and back to who we were. The three aspects of who we are is the tip of the iceberg of what we do. We conduct research, collect and sell seeds and grow plants for sale. We are involved with organic production of strawberries (though not yet fully certified) and research involving that aspect of production.

As mentioned already, we also sell seeds of musk strawberries from around the world. Details are at www.muskstrawberries.com.

We have done extensive research in germination of strawberry seeds. We have found ways to increase the rate of germination with vermicompost and with narrow spectrum light. We have developed systems to germinate seeds and have made videos to pass this information to customers, ours and customers of our competitors. We want gourmet strawberries to be more available and better understood than they have been.

We are taking a second look at alpine strawberries produced in hydroponic systems. We didn’t think it would be possible to get acceptable yields with some hydroponic systems like NFT but have found European studies that have yielded over 1800 grams/square meter. Our views of hydroponics has changed and have become optimistic. We believe that it is possible to make a profit growing this crop. Our efforts are always focused on not only making money doing it but making it more convenient to harvest. We are testing medium used in hydroponics. As with all we do we look for ways to make information more available to those who are interested.

We invite you to visit this site often and to visit the others mentioned below. As with any enterprise, things change. We hope you will enjoy your visit and learn a little along the way about fraises des bois.

Other Names for Alpine Strawberries:

Al farawlah, Frawlah, Shulayk, Ou zhou cao mei, Ye cao mei, Sen lin cao mei, Jahodník obecný, Havejordbaer, Skovjordbær, kov-Jordbær, Vild jordbær, Bosaardbei, Bosaardbeien, Alpine strawberry, European strawberry, Small-fruited strawberry, Wild strawberry, Woodland strawberry , Wood strawberry, Metsmaasikas, Ahomansikka, Fraise des bois, fraises des bois, Fraisier comestible, Fraisier commun, Fraisier des bois, Walderbeere, Wald-Erdbeere, Erdei szamóca, Fragola comune, Fragola di bosco, Fragola selvatica, Frangola alpina, Wairudo sutoroberii, Markjordbær, Tut farangy, Poziomka pospolita, Moranga, Morango-silvestre, Morango silvestre europeu, Morangueiro-bravo, Fresa de los bosques, Fresa silvestre, Frutilla de los bosques, Månadssmultron, Skogssmultron, Smultron, Satroboery, Çilek fidani, Orman çilegi, Yabani çilek türü, Bai guo shan cao mei, white fruited alpine strawberry, Fraisier à fruits blancs, Huang guo ou zhou cao mei, golden alpine strawberry, Bai guo ou zhou cao mei, white fruited strawberry, Fraisier des bois à fruits blancs, Immerbaer, Monatserdbeere, Everbearing strawberry, Perpetual fruiting strawberry, Fresal de las cuatro estaciones, Kuukausimansikka, Fraisier des quatre saisons, Fraisier remontant, Fragola delle quattro stagioni, Fragola rimontante, Fragola fiorescente, Doordragende kleine bosaardbei, Doordrager, Maandbloeier, Månadssmultron, Yediveren çilek türü