When’s the cheapest time to make strawberry jam?

Average wholesale prices, April-October 2015-2017.

Andreu Solà i Vidal  (1863–1902), Las Fresas, source of the most terrible back and stomach problems.

Andreu Solà i Vidal (1863–1902), Las Fresas, source of the most terrible back and stomach problems. Image: Wikipedia.

Mrs Beeton says June-July, but climate and customs have moved on. Prices abstracted from DEFRA, whose “prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged by wholesalers for selected home-grown fruit, vegetables and cut flowers and flowering pot plants at the wholesale markets in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and New Spitalfields,” and who may be better at collecting data than constructing spreadsheets:

So perhaps about now, before the Wimbledon effect kicks in, but I guess price variation across the season is dampened by the ability to import from happy Huelva:

Alex Brown, buyer at the rather more ethical allmanhall, has come up with a chart of imports vs domestic production for market, based on DEFRA stats that evaded my eyes:

Wikipedia shows world production (tonnes) perhaps doubling in ten years:

Country 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
 USA 1,090,436 1,109,215 1,148,350 1,270,640 1,294,180 1,312,960 1,526,000 1,382,096 1,371,573
 Turkey 211,127 250,316 261,078 291,996 299,940 302,416 353,173 372,498 376,070
 Spain 330,485 269,139 281,240 266,772 275,355 262,730 290,843 312,466 291,870
 Egypt 128,349 174,414 200,254 242,776 238,432 240,284 242,297 262,432 283,471
 Mexico 191,843 176,396 207,485 233,041 226,657 228,900 360,426 379,464 458,972
 Russia 227,000 230,400 180,000 185,000 165,000 184,000 174,000 188,000 189,000
 Japan 190,700 191,400 190,700 184,700 177,500 177,300 163,200 165,600 164,000
 South Korea 205,307 203,227 192,296 203,772 231,803 171,519 192,140 216,803 209,901
 Poland 193,666 174,578 200,723 198,907 153,410 166,159 150,151 192,647 202,511
 Germany 173,230 158,658 150,854 158,563 156,911 154,418 155,828 149,680 168,791
 Italy 143,315 160,558 155,583 163,044 153,875 150,000 132,292 147,185 135,320
Total world* 5,841,237 5,863,228 6,009,730 6,621,803 6,597,733 6,762,262 7,548,931 7,886,315 8,114,373

My shredded head tells me that Tesco was at 5£/kg two weeks ago but have now dropped to 3.80-ish. New Spitalfields is just round the corner, so I may have an early breakfast there this week.

Here’s La Grande Sophie, sweetening her strawberries, Sucrer Les Fraises:

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