The best tasting strawberry varieties to grow in your garden

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Fresh strawberries are the culinary highlight of June. Here are some of the best-tasting strawberry varieties to grow in your garden (or search out at local fruit stands or the farmer’s market).

Top 5 of the best-tasting strawberry varieties

Here are five favorites selected out of the top-tasting strawberry cultivars:

  • Earliglow strawberries
  • Jewel strawberries
  • Raritan strawberries
  • Marshall strawberries

While these five strawberry varieties are perhaps most popularly searched out for their excellent flavor, there are quite a few delicious types of strawberries! Read on to see the full list of yummy berries to grow or buy.

“Genetics is very important, usually the most important determinant of flavor.”

The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden, by Lee Reich
Albion strawberries in concrete planter
Albion strawberries

List of the best-tasting strawberry varieties

Here are over 100 of the best-tasting strawberries. Choose a few that are well-suited to your climate (ask at local garden centers) – then pick your own favorites to grow year after year!

  1. AC Valley strawberry
  2. AC Wendy strawberry
  3. Albion strawberry
  4. Allstar strawberry
  5. Alpine strawberry
  6. Annapolis strawberry
  7. Archer strawberry
  8. Aroma strawberry
  9. Aromel strawberry
  10. Beltran strawberry
  11. Benizuru strawberry
  12. Brenda strawberry
  13. Brunswick strawberry
  14. Cabot strawberry
  15. Cambridge Favourite strawberry
  16. Cambridge Late Pine strawberry
  17. Camino Real strawberry
  18. Cavendish strawberry
  19. Chambly strawberry
  20. Chandler strawberry
  21. Charlotte strawberry
  22. Christine strawberry
  23. Ciflorette strawberry
  24. Clancy strawberry
  25. Clarence strawberry
  26. Daroyal strawberry
  27. Darselect strawberry
  28. Delizz container strawberry
  29. Diamante strawberry
  30. Dickens strawberry
  31. Donna strawberry
  32. Earliglow strawberry
  33. Éclair strawberry
  34. Elsanta strawberry
  35. Elvira strawberry
  36. Eros strawberry
  37. Evangeline strawberry
  38. Eversweet strawberry
  39. Evie 2 strawberry
  40. Fairfax strawberry
  41. Flavorefest strawberry
  42. Florence strawberry
  43. Fort Laramie strawberry
  44. Fresca strawberry
  45. Galletta strawberry
  46. Gariguette strawberry
  47. Gorella strawberry
  48. Herriot strawberry
  49. Hood strawberry
  50. Honeoye strawberry
  51. Hot Pink Berri Basket strawberry
  52. Itasca strawberry
  53. Jewel strawberry
  54. Kent strawberry
  55. L’Amour strawberry
  56. Loran strawberry
  57. Malwina strawberry
  58. Manille strawberry
  59. Mara des Bois strawberry
  60. Marshall strawberry
  61. Mesabi strawberry
  62. Mignonette strawberry
  63. Musk strawberry
  64. Northeaster strawberry
  65. Ogallala strawberry
  66. Old North Sea strawberry
  67. Oregon Hood strawberry
  68. Ovation strawberry
  69. Ozark Beauty strawberry
  70. Pantagruella strawberry
  71. Pegasus strawberry
  72. Pineberry strawberry (white strawberry)
  73. Puget Crimson strawberry
  74. Quinault strawberry
  75. Raritan strawberry
  76. Record strawberry
  77. Reine des Vallees strawberry
  78. Rhapsody strawberry
  79. Rosa Linda strawberry
  80. Rose Berries Galore strawberry
  81. Rosie strawberry
  82. Royal Sovereign strawberry
  83. Rutgers Scarlet strawberry
  84. Sable strawberry
  85. Sapphire strawberry
  86. Seascape strawberry
  87. Seneca strawberry
  88. Serenity strawberry
  89. Sequoia strawberry
  90. Shuksan strawberry
  91. Sonata strawberry
  92. Sparkle strawberry
  93. Sparkle Supreme strawberry
  94. Suwannee strawberry
  95. Sweet Ann strawberry
  96. Sweet Charlie strawberry
  97. Talisman strawberry
  98. Temptation strawberry
  99. Tresca strawberry
  100. Virginia wild strawberry
  101. Winona strawberry
  102. Yambu strawberry
  103. Yellow Wonder strawberry

Looking for even more strawberry varieties? Here is a giant list of strawberry varieties, plus which are the most popular types.

“The strawberries sold in grocery stores are bred to travel and for shelf life. Transported hundreds or even thousands of miles from where they were grown, these are hard and insipid imitations of the real thing – great for handling and storage, but sorely lacking in taste.”

GrowVeg: The Beginner’s Guide to Easy Vegetable Gardening, by Benedict Vanheems
Strawberries in woodland stump

Phew! Refer to this list at the local garden center, as all varieties are not well-suited to all climates. Look locally for a few dependable, yummy varieties to start with. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to add a new type of strawberry to your garden each year!

Here is a great guide to the unique characteristics of some of these yummy types of strawberries: Cornell Strawberry Variety Review, by Courtney Weber

“Earliglow is still considered the best tasting berry around.”

Strawberry Variety Review, by Courtney Weber, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University.

Now let’s move on to some extra tips for bringing out the best flavor in your chosen strawberry variety.

Fort laramie everbearing strawberries - plant tag from bylands
Growing strawberries with kids - learning about food

Growing the best-tasting strawberries

There is more to the best-tasting strawberries than simply choosing a variety labeled “excellent flavor”. Strawberries are kind of like wine grapes, in that while the variety is important, so is the terroir of their growing environment. The flavor profile and overall character are determined both by the variety (cultivar) and by the terroir of the growing location.

Here are some tips for creating a happy strawberry growing environment that promotes the growth of flavor-rich berries:

  • Choose healthy plants from reputable sources
  • Plant it in sandy soil enriched with homemade compost or other nutrient-rich organic matter
  • Ensure the plants are getting a solid 8 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soaking wet (like a wrung-out sponge). Keeping the plants just a little bit on the dry side as the fruit can help concentrate flavor in smaller, more flavourful berries.
  • Try red plastic mulch.
  • Feed plants with broad-spectrum, controlled-release organic fertilizer
    • Winchester Gardens Select Organics Berry Granular Fertilizer
    • Miracle-Gro Performance Organics Plant Nutrition Granules
    • Espoma Organics Berry-Tone Fruit & Berry Food
  • Avoid growth spurts (don’t over-water or over-fertilize…more is not better for producing tasty berries…we want to concentrate the flavor!)
  • Pick berries at different maturities to determine peak ripeness
  • Don’t replace the plants each year (let the plants become established over several years and note the changes in berry flavor)

Looking for more information? Here’s an entire guide on growing strawberries!

“Size and chemical composition of berries developed in sunlight over a specially formulated red plastic were compared with those that developed over standard black plastic mulch. Berries that ripened over red were about 20% larger, had higher sugar to organic acid ratios and emitted higher concentrations of favorable aroma compounds.”

Light Reflected From Red Mulch to Ripening Strawberries Affects Aroma, Sugar and Organic Acid Concentrations (Kasperbauer, Loughrin, & Wang)
Migonette alpine strawberry
Seascape berry with plants in garden
Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also a professional engineer, certified permaculture garden designer, and master gardener in training. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.

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