matsuki wrote:... local strawberries were mostly overpriced and disappointing...
Taro Toporific wrote:matsuki wrote:... local strawberries were mostly overpriced and disappointing...
YOW! For once I am the SUPREME expert on Japanese strawberries here on the FG, neener, neener.
On my rice ranch in Ehime Shikoku, we grow strawberries in "vinyl houses" (actually PVC corrugated plastic). Strawberries are my family's off-season/winter crop. AMA.
Simple answer to "overpriced" Japanese strawberries:
More than 70% of the strawberries we grow go into the compost (and my experiental-but-not-yet-successful strawberry jam business). I could sell a 3-kg flat pack of wonderful but not "perfect" strawberries for 500yen. But the ass-fuckers in the JA only accepts "perfect" sized strawberries, grr. I have to compost all my delicious strawberries that are the size of plums.
wagyl wrote:Just ask your friendly neighbourhood Mexican't: strawberries are not a February crop in the northern hemisphere.
Ok, ok, here's the rest of the story.Questions, questions...
Russell wrote:So Taro, is it correct to assume that you grow those strawberries inside a greenhouse?
What is the temperature inside? Do you heat it?
matsuki wrote:Could improve your sellable fruit yield but is it even possible to license the cultivars from Tochigi like they do in the states? (or are they even legit "original" varieties? ,,,gugutting seems to indicate the Japanese popular varietes are totally ignored by most of the rest of the world??)
matsuki wrote:When you say failure, you mean customs stopped them or they just weren't viable after importation?
Russell wrote:Is it difficult to grow strawberries in the summer?
Taro Toporific wrote:matsuki wrote:When you say failure, you mean customs stopped them or they just weren't viable after importation?
My multi-colored Inca seed potatoes weren't viable after importation.
J-Customs never catches my personal imports, neener, neener.
Yeah, "for my own personal use" is the magic phrase. Never been taxed on anything I brought in personally through customs.
matsuki wrote:Nice, I need to dig up a portion of my mountain and remove the rocks before I could grow anything like that...
Taro Toporific wrote:matsuki wrote:Nice, I need to dig up a portion of my mountain and remove the rocks before I could grow anything like that...
Greenhouses can be heated by pelletized sawdust, which is basically free in areas were sawmills are common. I am considering going into the business of making the pellets for my own use and for sale to my neighbors.
BigInJapan wrote:TIL - Amaou stands for A from Akai (red), the first two letters MA from Marui (circle), the first letter O from Ookii (big) and the first letter U from Umai (tasty)
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