Qingpu District is the westernmost district of Shanghai Municipality, Here, the strawberry season has started, with this year's first batch of strawberries grown in the district hitting the market.
Zhou Huijuan, the manager of the Honghe Vegetable and Fruit Cooperative in Baihe Town -Qingpu District- spoke about the Xuelixiang variety, which ripens earlier and grows in greater quantities, is a new type of strawberry introduced this year.
"Xuelixiang was introduced from South Korea," Zhou said. "It can be harvested 20 to 25 days earlier than other breeds of strawberries." According to Zhou, the Xuelixiang strawberry is currently sold between 100 and 120 yuan (US$ 14.00-16.70) per kilogram on the market.
Apart from the high summer temperatures, the climate was ideal for planting. The lack of precipitation also led to a high survival rate, so the quality and yield of the strawberries this year are slightly higher than last year while prices should remain little changed, Zhou said.