Celebrating 70 years!

Some of you may have seen on our social media that Boddington’s is celebrating 70 years of growing this year!

We shall take this moment to thank everyone who came to see us at the Royal Cornwall Show last week – it was amazing! (Please see appropriate photo below).

phil strawberry hat
Mr Boddington (aka The Walking Strawberry) and his son James Boddington.

In the 1940’s, Phil’s Granddad started growing strawberries. 70 years later and 3 generations on, Phil now runs the farm and it’s safe to say strawberries are his speciality.

At the show, we also had the pleasure of meeting HRH Prince Charles, who took quite a liking to his photo from many moons ago… Prince Charles

Our Strawberries through the years…

In the 40’s, Phil’s granddad grew a mixture of three varieties, but the most popular at the time was Royal Sovereign. Today, Phil grows a few different varieties, currently we are harvesting Malling Centenary.

Why don’t we grow Royal Sovereign?

Typically, new and better things are always being developed, and in this case, Malling Centenary has higher yields and a longer shelf life than Royal Sovereign. Malling Centenary are a larger berry and have a much sweeter flavour.

Photo on the left (our strawberries), show a LOT of fruit on the plants, look closely in the background. The berries are a deep red colour (not edited), and have a lovely heart shape.

Whereas the photo on the right (generic photo from Google of Royal Sovereign) have less fruit on the plant, and the berries appear to be an uneven shape. REMEMBER though, the shape of the fruit depends on many factors. Including even pollination and exposure to frost.

Did you come and see us at The Royal Cornwall Show?

Did you see a difference in the strawberry varieties? If so, which one would you choose?

 

 

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