June 01, 2003
Impertinent Questions

Last Thursday, Kris and Helen Murray (The Edge of England's Sword) went strawberry picking. Unless they're concealing the less pleasant side of the venture, they were luckier than some friends of mine who went to a pick-your-own strawberry farm in Maryland a few years ago. They said the strawberries were inexpensive, easy to pick, and (eventually) delicious, but were also covered with tiny slugs. They couldn't pick them without crushing two or three slugs on each berry. The slugs washed off nicely, so it wasn't the taste that bothered them, just the slimy carnage required to get to the taste. Gloves didn't help. After that, they bought all their berries in stores.

By the way, is the "FROG jam" mentioned in the same post made from real frogs?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at June 01, 2003 11:49 PM

I think your experience with bugs&berries is gonna depend on the weather. If it hasn't rained in a few days, you are probably not going to find slugs all over the strawberries. Also, I'm sure the presense of pesticides makes a big difference.

Posted by: amy on June 3, 2003 02:57 PM

Wasn't there a Monty Python bit about chocolate-covered frogs?

Posted by: John Anderson on June 3, 2003 06:36 PM

Wow. I've gone strawberry picking here in Florida and I've never had the slug problem. Then again, the slugs here don't come in "tiny."

Posted by: Andrea Harris on June 9, 2003 01:10 PM