In the Fatsa district of Ordu, the mountain strawberries that grow ex officio have started to be collected. Strawberries, which are grown in the region and collected in accordance with the rules, also meet the winter jam needs of the local people, while some citizens contribute to the household economy by selling the small strawberries they collect.
ONE PERSON CAN COLLECT 1 KG IN 4 HOURS
Commonly known as ‘wild strawberries’, mountain strawberries that grow in the natural environment and can be harvested about 1 kilogram in 4 hours because they are small and do not grow often, are grown in hazelnut orchards and forest areas.
Those who collect mountain strawberries, which have a unique aroma with their smell and taste, stated that they use most of them to meet their winter jam needs, while the sale price of strawberries this year changes in the middle of 150-200 TL.
“COLLECTING THROUGH THE HAZARDS OF FALL”
Ayşegül Kocatürk, who harvests mountain strawberries in the forest area in Kavraz District of Fatsa district, said, “Usually, mountain strawberries are found in rural areas. To collect, citizens can come to the more mountainous part and find the wild strawberry that grows naturally in nature. We come here every year to collect. It is very tasty and especially the jam is really delicious. We feed our children fresh organic strawberries. As a matter of fact, it is very difficult to collect, because it is in vertical places, so it is difficult to go and find it. On average, we can collect between half a kilo and one kilo per day. Boredom gathers under the rules by passing fall hazards. Nettle drugs cause great damage to mountain strawberries. If the spraying and grass cutting processes are not done, it will be easier for the citizens to find these strawberries in nature,” he said.
“THE MOST CLOSED SIDE OF THIS FRUIT…”
“We mostly make jam from the strawberries we collect. Moreover, if we collect more, we also sell them. The price is up to 200 TL. The price is up to 200 TL. According to me, even 500 TL is less because it is very difficult to collect and find. It is a fruit as precious as gold. To collect 1 kilo of strawberries, It takes one day. Those who know where the strawberries are, don’t even tell their best friend. This is the most secret part of this fruit.”
“WE ARE STARTING IN MAY AND COLLECTING THIS STRAWBERRY UNTIL MIDDLE JUNE”
Okan Karaca, who stated that they found more organic strawberries near the mountain, said, “We are mobilizing to collect wild strawberries with our family. In general, we find mountain strawberries by going to places that no one can reach. We do not tell anyone about the places we find ourselves. We can find a maximum of 1 kg per day. We start in May and collect this strawberry until the middle of June. I trade more myself. Starting from 150 TL, we sell strawberries up to 200 TL. It gives me pocket money. Although collecting wild strawberries makes us tiring, it is beneficial.”
JAM IS VERY DELICIOUS
Eda Aydın, who stated that they collect mountain strawberries under the pedestals with great difficulty, and their weight increased to 200 TL, said, “We collect mountain strawberries to make jam. As a matter of fact, the jam is very delicious,” he said.