The Fremantle Markets is an excellent venue for a stroll after a coffee at Hush Espresso or a slurpy ramen at Dosukoi. You never know what you'll find among the 150 stalls. Apart from the ostrich eggs, I came across giant strawberries during one of my visits. Thinking I had too much to drink at the Little Creatures brewery or one turn too many at the Ferris Wheel, I looked hard again and no doubt, the deliciously red fruits from Western Australia (WA) were exceptionally large.
For my readers who love eating this sweet soft red fruit, you may be interested to know that 85% of Australia's strawberry exports actually come from WA with more than 15 million punnets produced every year. 70% of WA's strawberries are grown in the Shire of Wanneroo, north of Perth. The other major growing area is Mount Barker and Albany on the south coast.
Strawberries are now touted as a superfood providing a good source of Vitamin C, folic acid and anti oxidants with no cholesterol and no saturated fats. They are said to help battle cancer, heart disease and ageing.
After the stall holder promised me that they were sweet, I purchased some for a snack. The average strawberry measured nearly half of my palm. Forget about Strawberry Ridge Farm in the Mornington Peninsula region of Melbourne. WA strawberries rock.