Sweet Eve is a truly British strawberry, both bred and grown in this country. Unlike other varieties which are imported from abroad but grown here in the UK, Sweet Eve has been developed specifically for our Great British climate.
It thrives in the special weather conditions of this country, meaning it is sweeter and more flavourful when ripe.
In the UK, a novel approach is being pioneered by growers to prevent grey mould from ruining crops.
Grey mould is a bane to strawberry farmers. It infects the fruit of strawberry plants and turns it into an inedible mushy mass of spore-filled yuck soon after the fruit is picked, packaged, and sent to market.
The grey mycelium consume the berries, spread to other nearby areas and generally cause much consternation to those agriculturists who make a living by providing fruit lovers with the strawberries they crave. Farmers are using a benign mould species to inoculate crops so that the pathogenic strains can't be established.
Here is how it works: Bumblebee hives are situated so that the beesare forced to enter an exit through a tray of harmless fungus spores. As they do so, the fuzzy insects pick up the inoculants. They then carry those harmless spores around and deposit them on strawberry flowers. The presence of the harmless spores prevents the grey mould spores from finding purchase on the surface of the fruits. Consequently, the bad fungus is unable to do damage after harvest because the area on the strawberry they normally occupy is unavailable.