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A couple summers ago, I tasted some tiny, intensely perfumed wild strawberries at the Saturday Berkeley farmers' market. They were incredible, but don't remember who the vendor was and I haven't seen them since. Swanton berries are fantastic, but they just aren't the same. Anybody know where to find strawberries like these?

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  1. Please post if you see them being sold again. Some of the vendors at Ferry Plaza have them when available and briefly now and then Berkeley Bowl carries them. Unfortunately at those two places, the berries where not worth buying.

    1. They show up occasionally at farmers markets, but quantities are always limited and they sell out fast.

      I've gotten good wild strawberries at the Bowl and Monterey Market on occasion, but look and sniff closely to make sure they're not moldy or withered.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        What else to look for. Often these have a lot of white. How important is the color?

        1. re: rworange

          We don't pick ours until they're solid deep red. A lot of white suggests underripe and less than fully aromatic.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks. I was wondering if there was a variety of wild strawberry that migh be different color-wise. I guess they just often get picked under-ripe because they are fragile. However, a strawberry doesn't turn red or ripen after picking as far as I know.

            1. re: rworange

              No.

              1. re: rworange

                There is a type of wild (alpine) strawberry that's pale yellow, almost white. I don't know if it's for sale anywhere. The plants are really easy to grow, though, and the birds don't bother them.

                If you're talking about a strawberry with a lot of white, rather than all white, then I guess it's an under-ripe red.

        2. Some of the strawberry farmers who sell at the Sebastopol and/or Healdsburg markets will have a domestic type that is a cross with alpine-type strawberries. They're very small and highly aromatic. You need to eat them the day they're picked as they don't keep well . . . not that hard to do!

          1. I've had some luck at the Far'mer's Market at the Ferry Building. I think they were called Yerena Strawberry farm. They're usually there on the weekends and Tuesdays (that I'm aware of). I don't think the ones I purchased were wild but they were organic, small, and great tasting.

            1. I hate to bring this post from the grave. But has anyone found fraises de bois/wild strawberries anywhere in the Bay Area recently. I always see posts describing how intensely perfumy and delicious they are. Please share if you have! Thanks.