Many people are surprised to find out that strawberry growers plant bare-root plants rather than seeds. The reason is every strawberry seed contains different genetic material. Because the genetics of strawberries are so diverse, each variety came from a single seed, which was cloned from a single mother plant. The mother plant puts out runners (called daughter plants) that are essentially identical to her, which in turn also put out runners. Agricultural researchers specializing in Pomology, the science and practice of growing fruit, continue to develop new climate adaptable, flavorful strawberry varieties. This year, DB Specialty Farms planted nearly 14 million plants from three different varieties. Daren chose these varieties of strawberries, in order to have the best, most flavorful berries and to keep him in production almost all year long.
The Ventana Strawberry
In general, Ventana is similar to the Camarosa in that it initiates fruiting at the same time but produces greater quantities of early-season fruit. This strawberry has excellent flavor which makes this fruit outstanding for both market and processing. Although lighter than the Camarosa, it has brighter red coloration.
The Diamante Strawberry
The Diamante strawberry was also released by UC Davis in 1997 as a high quality berry with superior flavor to the other varieties. The berry itself is reasonably tolerant to most natural pests and environmental conditions, which make it easier to grow and harvest. This berry is characterized as having lighter internal fruit color in comparison to other varieties.
The Albion Strawberry
The Albion strawberry is similar to Diamante in size and vigor, however it is noticeably more resistant to certain natural pests than Diamante. This variety also has excellent production as well as commercial appearance ratings. The Albion was developed by the University of California and is newly released and available for production agriculture.