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What do strawberries taste like?

 
 
Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 02:17 am
I hate strawberries because they're sour and tart, but my sister loves them because they taste sweet to her. We tried eating the same strawberry and it was tart to me yet sweet to her. So who has the weird taste buds? Are they supposed to taste sweet or tart?
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 02:28 am
@PinkLipstick,
Some are sweet, and some are tart. I didn't know that some people had a different reaction to the same batch of berries.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 06:26 am
@PinkLipstick,
There might be two phenomena going on. One is that individual perceptions are relative ... as senses like taste or smell can differ from one person to another. What one person prefers or senses as tasting sweet can be different than what you sense as sweet.

How does one person accurately describe the taste of something to another person? Wine lovers often read wine writers who wax on with absurd descriptions (using adjective like flinty, grassy...etc.) of taste experiences ... loaded with vagueness. But to relate the experience you'll have is nearly impossible. There's really no way to be sure two people have the same experience with their senses. So your sister might taste the exact same strawberry as you as being sweet but you sense or PREFER something a bit different.

The other is the variance in strawberries themselves. Less ripe strawberries are a bit tart and ripe ones are sweeter. But your preference or aversion to any tartness might be skewing your reaction to the taste.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 07:40 pm
@Ragman,
I've tasted both sweet and tart strawberries, but my wife and I always agree one over the other when we eat from the same basket. I believe it's also seasonal when tartness is early harvest, and sweeter as the weather gets warmer.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 07:45 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Some are bred that way, too. Big red things the size of your fist, and nothing but vaguely sweet mush on the inside. Wild strawberries are great, but so small and sparcely distributed they aren't worth the trouble of picking.

Still, it's fascinating that two people would have such differences in perception of the same batch of supposedly identical berries.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 07:47 pm
@roger,
I've also tasted huge strawberries that didn't have much taste to them.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 08:03 pm
@cicerone imposter,
They usually dip them in chocolate and sell them in places like Disneyland. They don't worry much about repeat customers.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 08:40 pm
@roger,
Mr. Green And charge a small fortune for them too!
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 09:02 pm
Even though some strawberries are much sweeter than others, even the sweetest ones I find a bit tart as well and if I don't add sugar to them, I will mix them with something like yogurt or ice cream. In the summer during the strawberry season, I'm good for throwing some in a blender with ice cream and milk... Yummmmm... Smile
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 09:07 pm
@Montana,
I do that often; mix my cut up strawberries in ice cream, and I like to squoosh them before eating it.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 09:21 pm
What I'll call canned whipped cream softenes up the tartness real well, too. And there's so much air blown into it, it doesn't add much to the calories.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 09:23 pm
@roger,
Air? LOL You do know how to deceive yourself!
Well, actually it depends on the amount.
Montana
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 09:34 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I do the same sometimes, good stuff Smile whipped cream is good too Roger Smile
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 09:36 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Okay okay. It's really nitrous oxide. It makes really small bubbles.
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 10:02 pm
Lol, "tiny bubbles" Smile
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Ceili
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 10:21 pm
Wild strawberries are the best. So sweet, sparse, sometimes but then you'll find a patch and you'll pick pounds of them before you know it.
Montana
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 10:29 pm
@Ceili,
I agree and the same with wild blueberries. We have several patches along the woods next to our house and I've never had better blueberries.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 10:56 pm
@Ceili,
My experience tends to focus on the word 'sparse'.
Ceili
 
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Reply Sun 12 May, 2013 11:59 pm
@roger,
There are places in the rockies that give reason to bears being fat. Perhaps the wild strawberries of the mountainous areas get more rain than the texan varieties.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 13 May, 2013 12:16 am
@Ceili,
The last ones I ran across were in the San Juans of SW Colorado. Pretty good rainfall there, too. Now that you mention it, I did see a single, but very distinct bear track not too far from there. If I were still backpacking, I would make a note not to set up camp in a strawberry patch.

San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos are the two southern spurs of the Rockies, by the way.
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