Strawberries are grown all over Australia
Australia has many different climatic zones and there are varieties of strawberries which suit some better than others. The multitude of varieties of strawberry now available to Australian strawberry growers means that there are high quality commercial yielding options for all major growing regions, with more in continual breeeding development.
Using the statutory levy and funds from the Australian Government, Hort Innovation is investing in a continual breeding program designed to breed varities that are ideal for the different growing regions. Once a new variety has been identifed and stabilised, the variety goes through a program to protect the intellectual property contained in the hard work needed to breed it in the first place. This protection is known as Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) and operates a little like the patent system that you may be more familiar with. Once a variety has completed the program and is covered by PBR, it can only be propagated or planted under licence from the owner of the PBR.
Varieties currently grown in Australia
To the untrained eye, a strawberry is just a strawberry, but there are subtle differences in the structure, shape and size between the varieties. Here are just a small selection of the many varieties currently being grown in Australia.