Old American strawberry in the uk

swaineMay 29, 2014

its been my first year of sampling this old variety as it has proved a bit problematic over here, I believe some of our old uk strawberries didn't do well stateside ,and vice versa, so always nice to get a result I grow over 140 named varieties of strawberry before all the different species of fragaria and my own hybrids and seedling, and im allways very interested in American and Canadian as well as other countries strawberry types, this one Aberdeen, I believe was seed sown around 1910, selected around 1912-1917 used from 1920s and was used as a parent for newer kinds from 1940s, I must say the flavour was superb, almost like a wild strawberry, any strawberry enthusiasts in America if you can find this variety please give it a try,
best wishes Stew

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Glad to hear you are enjoying some of the older American varieties. I grew out a bunch of them several years ago and was quite impressed with the flavor. I didn't pick Aberdeen as I went by Darrow's recommendations primarily and he considered it more an historical variety. I think it faded because it was too soft for shipping. It is still available here from the ARS.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 7:08PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I have taken your advice and sent in a request from ARS.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 1:00AM
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I also had this one Marshall from pre 1900, was quite nice but not as nice as the Aberdeen

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 7:41AM
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Speaking of old american strawberries, and the english, when they first came to new england they recount seeing wild strawberries as large as three inches across. Can you imagine? I live in the region of the first English settlement, and I can report that now a wild strawberry of a half-inch would be immense.

What a statement about soil degradation over four centuries.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 7:46AM
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Great story I have some old strawberry books which mentions such accounts, I often think if that would of been me coming across 3" strawberries upon landing I don't think I would of got much further, i wonder what species they were a chiloensis? virginiana? a natural hybrid?

I have read about Europeans coming ashore in south Americas coming across huge chiloensis strawberries the size of chicken eggs, I struggle to get to get my chiloensis to normal size strawberries and my fragaria virginiana are not much bigger than thumb nail if im lucky,

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 8:03AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I bet those 3" strawberries were only in the heads of the writers. If you read the full accounts you will see lots of hyperbole.

Stew, my favorite of the old American berries I tried was Suwannee. It was also one of Darrow's favorites.


    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 9:03AM
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ha ha yes Scott, I think a bit of poetic license went on like catching a fish... it was this big... hand slowly move apart bigger than the actual real fish,

unfortunately the older American types are very rare here, the newer American and candian types are slowly coming available I,ve never tried the Suwannee, I believe the flavour was 10/10 must have an amazing flavour,
ive been told and have read about Pochahontas, Sparkle, Fairfax, Albritton and midland for flavour but again impossible to find this side of the pond, I have the Blakemore which was rated 7/10 for flavour

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 9:28AM
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A nice article on Louisiana heritage strawberries.

Here is a link that might be useful: Louisiana strawberries

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 5:12PM
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