Italy is one of the main strawberry producing countries in Europe. The greatest number of hectares dedicated to the cultivation of this fruit is in Basilicata. Nevertheless, production is intensifying in the Metaponto plain, in the province of Matera, where the morphology of the land and the microclimate that characterises it - with mountains to the north that shelter it and the vicinity of the Ionian Sea - provide the ideal conditions for the production of this extraordinary fruit.
Strawberries from Basilicata differ from others for their organoleptic properties and type of production.
Strawberry growers highlight its diuretic, refreshing and purifying, and nutrient-rich properties such as phosphorus, iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.
First among all the varieties from Basilicata is the Candonga strawberry, also known as Sabrosa, which is the result of seven years of research, dedicated to finding the perfect combination of different strawberry varieties. The result is a variety with distinctive characteristics that has a high content of vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, fibre and very few calories.
Of Spanish origin, the Candonga is bright red in colour, has an elongated conical shape and particularly juicy flesh. In addition to these features, it is highly valued by buyers due to its 7-day shelf life after harvest. It is planted in October and harvested between January and June.