What are the pros? heavy producer, tasty cooked
What are the cons? hard to pick, can't eat raw
These stalky little plants are not much bigger than pepper plants (perhaps longer branches), but produce massive amounts of berries. Like a gallon freeze bag at a time. I have 2 racks of my freezer filled from 2 of my 6 plants. In terms of volume, I'd be hard pressed to thank of another plant that produces such a heavy crop in such a small space.
Berries are totally beautiful. Plants are very attractive. I have no idea if they are toxic to pets, so I kept mine on the other side of the garden fence.
The berries are hard to pick. They don't come from the plant easily. Even when fully ripe. I ended up tearing out my plants and plopping them in the kitchen sink to pull the berries off because one could squat for days in the pick. If you have kids that you can trust not to try to eat 'em raw, this would be a great backyard crop to get the youngsters to harvest. Go over to the white strawberries, plant those, and reward the kids by letting them eat those raw after. :)
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