Monday, May 25, 2020

Mara de Bois: 13 weeks later

First Mara de Bois strawberries

Actually 13 weeks and a day since the bare root plants were tucked into potting soil. These two could've stayed on the plant another day or so, but I didn't want to wait any further for our first taste test. Result? Very good! They taste a little bit like the tiny alpine strawberries that grow wild here, only sweeter and juicier. The size is small to medium, and the shapes range from heart-like to oblong or roundish. I'll try my best to wait for the others to fully ripen and see if there's much of a difference in the level of sweetness. I always figured these would be great for morning breakfast, but after tasting them in the late afternoon after a full day of sun, the warmth and sweet strawberry flavor made Mara de Bois, literally, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Several days ago

Strawberry plants all along the railing (super easy pickings!)


  1. I've tried growing those a couple of times and barely got a taste because the rodents always beat me to them. I gave up and ripped out the plants, no sense growing goodies for the rots and mice. Good luck and I hope they are fantastic for you.

    1. Wretched critters. I had a big problem with mice a few years ago, but then the neighborhood cats starting coming around. Problem is, the cats started fighting and crapping all over the place, and I'm at my wits end. They don't even bother to bury it!

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    1. These French varieties are simply awesome. MotH is making me a tiered shelf to hold more planters, so I hope to add another variety next spring.


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