The first baskets with Norwegian strawberries are already being sold. From next week on there will be larger quantities of sweet, red, Norwegian berries in the stores.
Both in Østfold, Vestfold and Rogaland, strawberry picking is in progress. As of next week, there will be a larger amounts of Norwegian berries in more of the stores.
Strawberry farmer Geir Joa in Rogaland tells Stavanger Aftenblad that they have set a new record with selling over 22,000 strawberries from 16 May to 1 June. He grows them in greenhouses and tunnels.
In Sarpsborg in Østfold, the picking is also underway. The long warm temperatures has matured the berries faster than usual. These will be found in stores in Eastern Norway as of this weekend, NRK reports.
The leader in the Norwegian Confederation, Lars Petter Barnes, thinks there may be a short-lived strawberry summer if the heat persists.
– “High temperatures and low precipitation mean that the berries mature faster, and that can yield a lower volume. Everything depends on the weather for the next ten days or so,” he says to NRK.
Atle Olsen, category chef for fruit and vegetables in Coop, says to Dagbladet that the first stores have now received Norwegian strawberries, and from next week they expect to sell a lot of Norwegian berries all over the country.
– “The first berry comes from Sarpsborg. And we drive them directly to stores in Oslo and Østfold from Monday,” he said.
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