Mountain strawberries grow spontaneously in the mountains and high valleys in Ordu’s Fatsa district. Mountain strawberries, popularly known as ‘wild strawberries’ and grown in a natural environment, started to be collected. While some are picking strawberries for their own needs, others prefer to sell strawberries as a means of subsistence.
Picking mountain strawberries, which a person can collect in about 4 hours per kilogram and weigh between 150 and 200 TL per kilogram, requires attention and patience. The taste and smell of mountain strawberries, which grow in hazelnut groves, woodlands and places where there is daily life, are mentioned.
Saying that they collect mountain strawberries to make jam in Sefaköy District, Ersin Ezgü said that the smell and taste of mountain strawberries that grow naturally in nature are very nice: We usually collect them for jam. Jam is a very tasty, very useful fruit. Even its scent is worth everything. We carefully collect the mountain strawberries that grow close to the hazelnut mines. There is a laborious gathering phase. Since it grows in far gardens, there is a difficult gathering process. People who sell strawberries in the season sell an average of 150 TL to 200 TL per kilo of strawberries.
Stating that they go to the gardens every year to collect mountain strawberries, Vildan Ezgü said, “It is very difficult to collect. It grows in really difficult conditions. It tastes great. When spring comes, mountain strawberries show themselves in green gardens. It is a wonderful fruit with its crimson appearance. Jam is very good. We look forward to the season ”.
Emrecan Yavan stated that the flavor and smell of mountain strawberries are not present in any fruit and stated that the most important element is their organic nature, and said, “Mountain strawberries grow in areas where not many people can reach. It collects itself with us with its wonderful appearance and taste. It grows in hazelnut orchards every year during these seasons. “Some of the organically grown strawberries are harvested to make jam and others are for additional livelihoods.” (UAV)