Postcard from Strawberry Land
June 19, 2010 by michaeljjordan
RAJKA, Hungary — One great annual activity out here is fill-your-own-bucket fruit-picking. In early summer, cross the Hungarian border to Eperföld, or “Strawberry Land,” outside the small town of Rajka. In late summer, it’s into Austria for apricot season. Sure, half the fruit may rot in your kitchen. Your back will ache for days. But what fun rediscovering your peasant roots! As you’ll see from my Rajka photos.
In Hungarian, prices are listed: 385 forints (or $1.70/1.4 euro) per kilo. Pick more than 20 kilos, save 35 forints!
With sweet jam at stake, wise choices require team consultation.
Heavy rains, though, have kept the strawberries small.
For more photos …
Such back-breaking work had me empathizing for all the Romanian migrant pickers in Spain and Italy.
Rent a bucket, or bring your basket.
Whatever she'll make with those strawberries, something tells me I'd like a double-serving.
The fruit smoothie I just drank made the trip worthwhile.