One of local Makers included in the Local Taste Hampers is Ricardoes – Tomatoes & Strawberries from Blackmans Point Road, Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of NSW 2444.

Local Maker – Ricardoes

In this blog we feature Ricardoes strawberries. They are grown with computerised technology which controls two acres of greenhouses and produces high quality hydroponically grown strawberries, as well as tomatoes. The technology controls irrigation, nutrient application, humidity, temperature, light, insect and disease control. Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries pride themselves on being an environmentally friendly farm.

Ricardoes boast 5 varieties of hydroponic strawberries, with over 30,000 plants growing in their greenhouse, and that is in addition to the 8 varieties of tomatoes they grow. The prize-winning original jam, thick with fruit and sweet tangy flavour is a versatile family favourite for breakfast and tea times. You will find a sample jar in the Local Taste Sweet Hamper.

Here are a few strawberry facts from the BBC GOOD FOOD guide

Did you know… strawberries are not actually fruits as their seeds are on the outside. Strawberry plants are runners, and are not produced by seeds. They have an average of 200 seeds per fruit and are actually a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family…

Nutritional highlights

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red. They have been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening  [ mmm ….not sure about this one – Ed – will do some research and post a future blog] and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion and the fibre is thought to have a satiating effect. Leaves can be eaten raw, cooked or used to make tea. Fruit and vegetables make a valuable contribution to a healthy balanced diet, and berries such as strawberries are especially useful. This is because they are rich in colourful pigments which have a protective effect – these anthocyanidins are thought to have a number of potential health benefits, including prevention of inflammatory conditions and heart disease.

Further strawberry info recipes suggestions – check out the website link –

Local Taste Hampers – Mid-north coast NSW –  an ideal Christmas hamper. Order yours today.