Last weekend I took a trip to Foshan (佛山), a relatively affluent city of around 5 million inhabitants near Guangzhou. As you might imagine from a typical Chinese city there’s not much to write home about architecturally – the same generic mass produces factory boxes adjacent to tasteless villas for the super rich built on once picturesque countryside.

Strawberry Farm

There were however a few nice patches of green left on the outskirts and on coming across a strawberry field the temptation was too great to pass. Considering China’s massive workforce it was a bit strange to find the pick-your-own (PYO) business model in operation but I suppose that’s all part of the fun!

Nature's Supermarket

Coming from the UK it felt weird to pick strawberries out of season in mid-January but the south of China has the climatic conditions and the taste was more sweet and succulent than you would ever get from the supermarket. I don’t know if they used pesticides or any other chemicals but everything seemed pretty fresh and smelled sensational.

Strawberry Mountain

We got a bit carried away with the picking and ended up with far to many strawberries to eat directly so decided to turn the rest into jam by cooking them with sugar in a huge wok. This is not the ideal method to cook jam but seemed to work OK with the result being quite tasty on toast – I think there’s a jam market here in China waiting to be discovered!

Odd One Out

If you’re thinking the title sounds a bit like cockney rhyming slang then you’d be right but I’m afraid there’s no hidden meaning 😉

Comments

  1. florance says:

    what a pity! I cant see the photo!!
    I think the strawberry is in season now.
    Now China’s crops almost rely on the chemicals that it can grow faster and more tasty.

  2. rhia cano says:

    Hello David,

    good day!
    Im rhia.I am actually looking for a farm where i can pick strawberry and other fruits like oranges.
    do you have exact address from the place where you been?
    thanks for the help.

    • David says:

      Hi Rhia – it’s somewhere on Guidan Road, Danzao Town, Nanhai District but I’m not sure if it’s still there. Good luck!

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