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Old 04-18-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Ft Worth, Texas
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I recently found what I thought was ornamental strawberry plants growing in my yard where the rain water flows under the fence. Little yellow flowers, little bright red berries. I tasted a fruit, it was bitter, not a strawberry flavor at all! Actually tried three berries, in case I just got a bad one first. Nope. Not good wild strawberry like we used to pick in NW Arkansas when I was a child. Those had intense strawberry flavor. They were small, but oh, so good!
Now I know. I have an another invasive weed growing in my yard! (Tried to post a pic, but couldn't figure out how to get it in the http:// space.)
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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I think mine are similar. They have white flowers growing all around. Right now we are having a good rain. I wonder how my funny berries are doing....
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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I have them too growing by my garage.

I think instead of eating them... I think I can use them as "strawberry ice" since they don't taste of anything... just for a visual interest to any beverage I might serve.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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I think mine are similar. They have white flowers growing all around. Right now we are having a good rain. I wonder how my funny berries are doing....
It is almost time for them to reappear. The ones with white flowers are the Native American ones. They have a better flavor than the ones with yellow flowers.

They even grow up here in the Dakotas and are actually quite sweet. But they won't be ripe here until about July
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:20 AM
 
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Yes - the color of the bloom is the key to quick identification. Yellow flowers: little to no flavor. White flowers: fabulous! These are different plants in the same family and can appear quite similar, although the "real", white-flowered wild strawberries usually are larger than the insipid yellow-flowered wild strawberries.

So leave the little berries for the birds and squirrels, and make the most of the real thing, if you're lucky enough to have them on your property.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Seriously? LOL Yes! They are very safe to eat! Wild strawberries (from my experience) release their taste more when they're processed, than when they're fresh. It takes very few of them to add flavoring and fragrance to a dessert. They make amazing muffins and jam, although it does take quite a few to make a batch of jam. Try picking a few to make a compote, and serve over pancakes or waffles....mmmmm!
Oh gosh, yes! My mom used to spend her days combing the fields and pastures for wild strawberries, and used to make jams and syrups. The flavour was unbelievably intense after cooking. She tried making jam with store-bought cultivated strawberries. Once. It was awful in comparison....watery and flavourless.
I wouldn't add almond essence or anything like that to a strawberry jam.
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