Discover the secret to the renowned strawberries from Vrgorac
- by croatiaweek
- in Food & Wine
Strawberries from the Vrgorac area in the Dalmatian Hinterland in southern Croatia are renowned for being the best in the country.
The first strawberries from Vrgorac are about to go on sale in the next week or so and again hundreds of tonnes of high quality strawberries can be expected from local fields over the coming months.
So what makes Vrgorac strawberries so good?
The secret to the quality of Vrgorac strawberries lies in a number of factors, local producers say.
The microclimate, abundance of sunshine, the water source, and the fertile karst fields all help make them so sweet.
The big differences between day and night temperatures, means they get a lot of sugar during the day and that is not lost from the strawberries at night because it gets cold.
Various studies have shown that the composition of the soil in Croatia is excellent for growing.
How to recognise Vrgorac strawberries?
The name and logo of Vrgorac strawberries has been protected at the Institute for Intellectual Property. The City of Vrgorac awarded the Vrgorac Quality Label to its family farms that meet the required criteria with the aim of clearly differentiating products from Vrgorac from the competition, raising and maintaining the quality of these products and encouraging their sale on the local, regional and national market.
Vrgorac strawberries have been strictly sold in blue and green punnets in the past with the label “vrgoračka jagoda” (Vrgorac strawberry) on it. This year the punnets will be white, but there may be the odd green punnets still floating around.
Every producer has the same punnet and no one can sell other strawberries under that label so look out for the white or perhaps green punnet.
In the Vrgorac area there are about 450 family farms that produce tonnes of strawberries, peaches, and nectarines, plums, pears, apples, potatoes and garlic, as much as 85 percent of table grapes come from Vrgorac, so in addition to strawberries that first received this label, the Vrgorac Quality Label also goes to peaches, nectarines, honey, wine, and grapes.