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How old are the strawberries we see in grocery stores?

Category
  • Strawberry
Question

I was wondering, how old are the strawberries we see in grocery stores? I know it depends on which state we're talking about, but for example, I'm in Denver, CO. Are the strawberries a week old by the time I buy them?

Answer

Strawberries from California are picked and shipped 0 to 1 day from harvest.  It take maximum 3 to 4 days to get to the East Coast, only 1 day to Denver.  Then 1-2 more days to get into the grocery store.  Maximum 7 days from harvest, minimum 4 days in East Coast markets and 2 days for Denver stores.

-Beth Mitcham 

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