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Sharis Berries- Any good???

macca Jan 17, 2007 07:22 PM

Just received a package of Shari's Berries- 6 dipped strawberries. Dipped in chocolate, coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. They look good. Has anyone had them? I got them as a gift, and prpbably won't try them until this weekend, but am curious if they will be as good as they look. They are really big!!!!

  1. DiningDiva Jan 17, 2007 07:31 PM

    My sister sent my mother a box of Shari ́s Berries for Mother ́s Day several years ago. They looked great. Unfortunately for us, with that particular box, they didn ́t taste like much of anything. Neither my mother, nor I cared for them. For us it was all show, no substance.

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    1. re: DiningDiva
      macca Jan 17, 2007 07:41 PM

      Will post back when I try them. They do look good, but if worse comes to worse, the kids will like them!

      1. re: macca
        alkapal Apr 3, 2013 06:33 AM

        i'm pretty sure that they're no good now.

        LOL

        1. re: alkapal
          macca Apr 4, 2013 04:09 AM

          that's funny- didnt care for them, if i remember that far back! But I am not a big fan of chocolate on any fruit.

          1. re: macca
            alkapal Apr 4, 2013 10:01 PM

            hahaha -- indeed. they have to be very special for me to go crazy over chocolate dipped strawberries.

    2. lrostron Jan 17, 2007 08:18 PM

      They're okay. Big, beautiful berries, but big is not necessarily better. They can be pithy and it's not exactly strawberry season in this part of the world. I lived in Sacramento, CA where Shari's Berries originated and have my fill of them.

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      1. re: lrostron
        macca Jan 17, 2007 08:19 PM

        Thanks for the feedback. It is definitely NOT strawberry season in my area ( Boston), so I was hoping for a little taste of summer.

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        Brandon Nelson Jan 17, 2007 09:59 PM

        Any strawberry you get this time of year will be a sad substitute for summer berries. They come off of everbeareing plants, and none of those varieties are very good. They are woody, pithy, hard, and tasteless.

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          alkapal Apr 3, 2013 06:32 AM

          strawberries are good in florida beginning in late february. here is the schedule from the plant city strawberry festival. http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com

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            b
            Brandon Nelson Apr 3, 2013 08:05 PM

            February strawberries in the Northern hemisphere will be from "ever baring" plants. The produce industry as a whole recognizes that they are vastly inferior in taste and texture to " June baring" varieties. Sunshine is the fuel for sugar production and no northern climate gets enough prolonged heat to produce "June baring berries" until close to mothers day.

            1. re: Brandon Nelson
              alkapal Apr 4, 2013 03:09 AM

              ""Strawberry plants are set in the garden in the fall (October-November); following early vegetative growth, the cool nights and short days of the winter stimulate the plant to produce flowers; following the last killing frost of spring (December-January in frost-free areas) flowers are formed which develop into fruits ready for harvest in about a month. Berry production and harvesting continue throughout the spring; upon the onset of warm weather and longer days, the plants cease to produce berries and begin to form runners which take root and become new plants.""

              University of Florida. IFAS
              Professor James Stephens
              "Strawberries In The Florida Garden" p.1

              "NOTE: The "Everbearing" varieties of strawberries are not well suited for Florida. The varieties suggested above [in the article] bear fruit early and continuously over a 3-month or more period of time."

              http://polkhort.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/publications/Strawberry%20in%20the%20Florida%20Garden.pdf

              Id. p.3.

              "1. This document is HS509, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date March 1994. Reviewed May 2003. Visit the EDIS Web Site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
              2. James M. Stephens, professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611."
              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              other references: http://hos.ufl.edu/research/protected...

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          Wonka Berry Feb 15, 2007 08:43 AM

          A former employer of mine brought in a whole bunch of Shari's Berries for my going away party a few weeks ago. I thought these dipped strawberries tasted fantastic.

          Best to eat them right away Macca as they don't keep well past a few days.

          I bet most of their strawberries come from California this time of year.

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            Fitzgeraldscook Apr 3, 2013 05:51 AM

            The simple answer is, No. The look great, the packaging and shipping are great, even the giant strawberries are pretty good. The issue I had with them is that the chocolate is terrible. It's not real chocolate, it's the fake stuff made with hydrogenated oils. We ended up throwing half of them out. It is really a shame because these would be awesome otherwise.

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