Swedish Midsummer Hit By Strawberry Drought?
Swedes looking forward to Swedish strawberries for next weekend's big Midsummer celebrations may be disappointed.
A cooler than usual spring has meant that the strawberries are about 2 weeks behind their usual growth, and at the moment the majority are still small and green on the strawberry plants.
This means that there will only be a few ripe berries on sale next Friday, and strawberry experts recommend Swedes sharpen their elbows and head down to the shops in the early morning if they are to be sure of getting a punnet, according to news agency TT.
Strawberry grower Mats Olsson told TT: "It's a catastrophe. The only comfort is that this means there'll be plenty of berries later in the season".
Strawberries, and preferably small, sweet, Swedish strawberries, are an integral part of the Midsummer celebrations, when Swedes eat in their gardens, sing, drink and dance around may poles.