Summer Shortage of Strawberries

June 22, 2011

Shops are facing a shortage of English strawberries
after an early harvest and record demand from consumers.

However, there is no danger of Wimbledon missing out.
Laurence Olins, chairman of British Summer Fruits, said:
"There is absolutely no chance of a shortage 
at Wimbledon but this week is critical
for the rest of the country.  
It has been a vintage year for strawberries 
but things are very tight at the moment." 
The reason for the shortage seems to be mainly due to the weather. 
Fruit plants are either ready to harvest earlier or later than usual,
and the Strawberry is one of the early bloomers.

However, the Raspberry harvest seems unaffected by this. 
Google said today that online searches for strawberries
and strawberry plants are at a seven-year high.