Strawberry

NATURE OF GI

A Word mark “MAHABALESHWAR STRAWBERRIES”

Conveys/suggests that the geographical     origin is the entire area of Taluka  Mahabaleshwar, Dist.  Satara, Maharashtra, India.

MAHABALESHWAR-the sweet home of strawberries

Mahabaleshwar was the perfect summer getaway for the Bombay province during the British Raj.

Located 120 km from Pune and 250 km from Mumbai, this resort town, situated on a plateau is picture perfect.

Today, with the region offering the perfect weather conditions for growing strawberries, there are some 1,350 strawberry farmers in Mahabaleshwar producing 87 percent of the Indian fruit crop.

HISTORY

Since the time of Britishers, farmers are cultivating Strawberry plants in hill stations.

Australian variety of strawberry was cultivated in farms till 1991

The Australian variety gave a  production of 2 tonnes per acre

Being superior in quality the Chandler variety was imported by the Maharashtra Government from California in 1994 and cultivated.

The Californian variety gave a production of 7-8 tonnes per acre

 

Geographical coordinates

  • Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84)
    Latitude : 17.917
    Longitude : 73.667
  • Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds (WGS84)
    Latitude : 17 55′ 00”
    Longitude : 73 40′ 00”

CLASS AND TYPES OF GOODS

  Class 31: Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products and grains not included in other classes; live Animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals, malt.

DESCRIPTION OF STRAWBERRY 

Strawberry is the only fruit which has seeds outside the fruit.

It is a fruit with maximum number of seeds. The standard number of seeds in a single strawberry is 200.

It belongs to the family of Roses

The scientific name is Prajeria Ananasa

Strawberry is red in colour.

It tastes sweet and sour.

Types of plants cultivated in Mahabaleshwar- Sweet Charlie, Camarosa, Selva winterdown, Festival, Karishma, Chandler and K.P

 

UNIQUENESS

Red laterite soil in Mahabaleshwar is rich in Iron which increases the nutritional value of strawberries

Mahabaleshwar strawberry contains 80% water which makes it more juicy than other strawberries which are more fleshy.

The number of seeds in Mahabaleshwar strawberries is 200 which is the standard value and distinguishes it from others which have less than 150 seeds in them.

Standard Percentage of glucose in strawberry is 7%.In Mahabaleshwar strawberry it is upto 10% which makes it naturally sweet whereas, in other strawberries glucose is less than 7%.

The red colour of Mahabaleshwar strawberries is maintained due to the exact amount of heat and sunlight available in Mahabaleshwar, whereas, the colour of other strawberries is reddish-brown due to inadequate heat and sunlight.

Fresh water such as percolated water through bore wells is made available for Mahabaleshwar strawberries which keeps the strawberries fresh for longer time and disease-free.

It contains minimum % of fat calories, and maximum % of Vitamin C, fibre, potassium, and folic acid.

Diseases like heart pain and cancer can be prevented by regular consumption of strawberries.