My Funny Valentine-Shaped Strawberry

My Funny Valentine-Shaped Strawberry

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My Funny Valentine-Shaped Strawberry

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By Cari Martens

A farmer in Tasmania is growing heart-shaped strawberries, and as you might expect, there’s a strong demand for them with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching.

Josh Engwerda, a 22-year-old graduate student from Melbourne, Australia, came up with the idea of growing strawberries in plastic heart-shaped molds. He says he first tested his plan by growing one strawberry inside a Tic-Tac container, which resulted in a perfectly shaped rectangular berry.

Engwerda said he’s done about 32 versions on the computer, 7 of which were made into molds. ‘The thing about it is it’s much more difficult than you think, because strawberries obviously don’t grow naturally in heart shapes, so you learn through trial and error,’ he says.

Several farmers turned him down before Engwerda finally convinced a Tasmanian strawberry grower, David Warren, to be his partner on the project. No Tasmanian Devil, he.

The heart-shaped berries come at a premium price, about $2 to $2.50 per strawberry.

If you’re going to be in Australia in the next week or so, the berries will be on sale from the pillar at the corner of Swanston and Collins Sts or can be ordered by phoning 0448 417 857, according to a story by Sandra Godwin of the Weekly Times, Australia.

Perhaps by next Valentine’s Day, they’ll be more widely available. We’ll try to remember to check back then.

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