Benefits and Variety of Strawberry in Pakistan!
Strawberry is well-known as the most appetizing and very nutritive fruit. According to agricultural experts, it has enormous dietetic value and one of the potential sources of protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamin. In Pakistan, it is consumed in fresh form as well as in processed form for making squashes, jams and jellies which may used throughout the year. Main varieties of strawberry which are cultivated in Pakistan are Douglas and Toro appropriate for southern areas of Pakistan whereas Chandler, Cruz Pocahontas and Tufts are suitable for Islamabad and Honeyo, Chandler, Gorella and Corona are recommended for Swat however It is mainly growing in northern areas of the country like Swat, Charsadda, Mansehra, Haripur, Abbottabad, Mardan, Peshawar and some parts of central and south Pakistan like Gujrat, Sialkot, Jhelum, Chakwal, Multan and Karachi.
Almost total cost of production of this fruit crop more than or near about is Rs. 100,000 per acre and revenue is Rs. 200,000 per acre. It is grown on an area of around 78 hectares with annual production of about 274 tonnes. The average per acre yield of this fruit crop is very low as compared to other strawberry growing countries of the world due to defective agronomic practices, lack of appropriate research work and lack of economic and market value of strawberry cultivation among the strawberry cultivators.
Now days, retail prices of this fruit are in the range of Rs. 140 to 180 per kg. The strawberry supply commences at the end of January and continues until the end of May each year in the country. Mostly, the buyers of this fruit are rich citizens, foreigners, hotels, milkshake shops and processors etc. In Pakistan, it has a vast potential due to the varied climatic conditions that are favourable to its growth.
So lets enjoy the delicious strawberry like
- Add sliced strawberries to a mixed green salad.
- Add strawberries to a smoothie with yogurt and orange juice.
- Mix chopped strawberries with cinnamon, lemon juice, and maple syrup to use as a topping for waffles and pancakes.
- Place sliced strawberries on toast instead of jam.
- Dip strawberries in antioxidant rich dark chocolate for a delicious and nutritious dessert.
Karachifoods also has the wide range of strawberry recipes from the desk of experts.