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Kashubian Strawberries
June 29, 2015   
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The Kashubian strawberry (truskawka kaszubska) became the first Polish fruit variety to be granted protection under EU law in November 2009, when it was officially listed as having protected geographical indication status.

Taking its name from the Kashubia region, the Kashubian strawberry is grown in the northern Pomerania province in the counties of Kartuzy, Ko¶cierzyna and Bytów. The name can only be used with reference to the Elsanta and Honeoye strawberry varieties classified as “extra” and “category 1,” and intended for direct consumption, as well as to the Senga Sengana variety intended for processing. Such strawberries can come in different shapes, including spherical, conical and kidney-shaped, and when cut in two, they are heart-shaped (vertical section) and round (horizontal section). Strawberries from the first harvest are large and medium-sized. Covered by silky and very fine skin with prominent pips, the fruit is uniformly dark red and a little shiny on the outside and deep red inside. The strawberries are firm, if not a bit hard, and juicy.

Sweet and aromatic, the Kashubian strawberry contains more sugar than strawberries grown in other parts of Poland. It owes this quality to the distinctive microclimate of the Kashubian Lake District. A little harsh, the local weather causes the plant to blossom relatively late and leads to a shorter vegetation period. The lake district was formed by receding glaciers, resulting in numerous ponds and ribbon lakes that make it easy to irrigate strawberry fields. The terrain is slightly hilly, ensuring good exposure to sunlight, which causes the strawberries to ripen early. Soils in the area are somewhat acidic and of rather poor quality, which discourages other crops. As a result, the Kashubia region is particularly strawberry-friendly. Strawberries have played a big role in the local economy and are grown on 1,500 farms in the region.

It is unclear how and why strawberries were first brought to Kashubia, but they have been grown there since the early 20th century. For the next half century the total area of strawberry fields increased by the year and eventually they became a fixture of the local landscape. Since 1971, an annual strawberry harvest festival has been held on the first Sunday in July on the Złota Góra hill near the village of Brodnica Górna.
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