Popular fruits in Germany: strawberries rank fifth
During the marketing year 2015/16, Germans have consumed about 280.000 tonnes of strawberries, including all strawberry preparations. This quantity translates to about 3.4 kilogrammes per person – namely almost seven packages of 500 grams each.
On a popularity scale, this places strawberries behind apples, bananas, table grapes and peaches, where German consumers are concerned. According to preliminary figures provided by the Federal Information Centre Agriculture (BZL), per capita consumption of strawberries has been at an almost constant level of 3.4 kilogrammes for the past five years.
95 per cent of German strawberries are grown in the open
According to the Federal Statistical Office, approximately 2,270 growers cultivated strawberries on about 18,000 hectares in Germany in 2016. Most of the acreage is located in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Regarding open-field cultivation, Lower Saxony ranks first with its share of roughly 23 per cent of the total area under cultivation in Germany.
North Rhine-Westphalia provides the largest amount of acreage under accessible protective cover (about 279 hectares). Roughly 22.3 per cent of growers cultivate according to organic standards on 3.7 per cent of the total acreage.
Strawberries must be ripe at the point of sale
As strawberries do not ripen after harvesting they must be picked when they are mature. The marketing standard requires sufficient ripeness. It is only then that the berries have their typical strawberry taste. Good quality strawberries do not have any white patches. They look fresh and have a bright and shiny surface.
The Bundesinformationszentrum Landwirtschaft (BZL) is located within the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE). Under www.bmel-statistik.de the BZL provides comprehensive statistics on strawberries. Information on BLE quality controls is available under http://www.ble.de/EN/Topics/Nutrition-Food/Quality-Control/quality-control_node.html.