Strawberry Picking on subtropical island
Strawberries are synonymous with the spring season. It’s easy to pop into the supermarket and grab pack of fresh strawberries. But having a hands-on experience picking your own strawberries fresh off the vine is much more special. What makes strawberry picking such a fun, special experience is that it can only be had once a year during the harvest season.
Although strawberries are synonymous with spring, they are not often associated with Okinawa. Tropical fruits such as mango and pineapples are most often associated with Okinawa because they thrive in hot, humid climates. Of course, hand-picking fruits a local mango or pineapple farm during the summer months is also highly recommended.
Because of the subtropical climate, strawberries grown in Okinawa have a long harvest season from December to May, almost half of the year! This is what makes picking strawberries in Okinawa such a unique experience. The fresh, juicy taste of off-the-vine strawberries can be enjoyed throughout the entire spring season.
Here we would will introduce several strawberry farms on Okinawa that offer hand-picking to visitors.
Tomoya Farm is located near Camp Foster in Nakagusuku. As a result, there are number foreigners who visit the farm regularly, so it’s best to make a reservation in advance.
Ginoza Strawberry Association is showcasing the 9 of strawberry farms in Ginoza village. It’s best to check their pages and make reservation before visiting.
Chura Ichigo Farms in Itoman and Nanjo city south of Naha just recently opened. The farm is owned by farmers who relocated from mainland Japan. The farm currently grows five different varieties of strawberry and reservation available from the website. http://www.chura-ichigo.jp/