I think the giant strawberries are just bred artificially to have much higher sugar content, larger size, and also perhaps less nutrition? Perhaps the local farmer is growing a species that is closer to the wild strawberry type and the commercial producer is growing a species that is much more human-bred.
Keep in mind that much of what you're used to in the stores is not really how the wild counterpart looks/tastes at all... cucumbers are usually super spikey (Chinese cucumbers are still somewhat spikey), bananas are supposed to have seeds, almonds are normally poisonous, and berries are naturally more tart and much smaller.
Yeh, they're short, thick things in the wild.
Speaking of mushy berries, I'll admit I like most overripe fruit. Back when I ate apples often, I used to intentionally bruise them (press down hard on table and roll them around a lot) and let them be a while. Squishy raspberries. Yum. Ferment-y.
I recall picking wild strawberries that were the size of my fingernail.
The strawberries you can buy that are the size of apples have been bred for appearance, because for most shoppers, bigger is better. They aren't horrible and tasteless, at least not most of the time. But they are nowhere near what they could be.
Here in the police state, a shocking amount of what you'll find at farmers markets and roadside stands are not actually grown by local farmers at all, but are purchased from the same suppliers the supermarkets get 'em from. That's a fact.
y'all need to move to the rural south. you can keep a cow in the backyard just for fun if you wanted.
yeah you are
if you think about it, any box could have vibrators in it
The process is not evil. But if farmers were saying they grew it themselves, it would be deceptive.
I guess in my mind selective breeding and genetic manipulation is kind of the same; when I did antibody engineering for research it was selective breeding but the end result was altered genetic material.