In Israel, due to the warm climate, the strawberry season is winter. Usually strawberries available from December until March (including). And towards the end of this period, some farms allow strawberry picking (self-picking).

Most strawberries grow in the Sharon area and we went to Stalbetut (and their Facebook page) in Hod HaSharon.

Map of the area:

They are open on weekdays and on Saturdays as well. Entrance costs 20 NIS per visit and 40 NIS if you want to take a box of strawberries home (around 300 grams of strawberries fits in the box). Also, you can’t buy only the cheaper entrance tickets and there was some binding ratio (for every several cheaper tickets you have to buy one more expensive one).

And of course, regardless to the purchased ticket, during strawberry picking you can eat on site as much as you want.

We bought one ticket with the box and two the only entrance ones. We also got scissors to cut the fruits from the plants.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

During our visit, we saw two kinds of strawberries. We started with Orly.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Strawberries are different from other fruits and berries. The don’t become ripe together. When you come to a plant you can see beautiful ripe red ones and green one growing together.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

The strawberries grow in rows with narrow passages and close to the ground. Thus kids can easily pick them up, but less suitable for people with back pain.
The only place I am familiar with, where strawberries grow above ground level is at Self-picking Raspberries at Gedera.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

I took pauses from eating the berries and tried different shooting ideas 😉Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

With the strawberry flower:Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Overall view of the field:Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

As you can see it’s not big, but there are plenty of fruits.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

We ate the strawberries straight from the plants. The farm is organic. But if you worry about sand and dirt (unlike most Israelis) then I have to disappoint you. I haven’t seen any place where you can wash the fruits (as opposed to other agritourism attractions, for example: Picking Cherries at Odem).Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

I think that at this point we changed rows and started picking other types of strawberries. If I remember correctly it was “Angel”.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Fan type berry:Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Shooting up:Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Besides picking strawberries there were several activities for kids (drawing and makeup), but these were quite short and serve as a small addition to the self-picking experience.Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

We spent around two hours at the Stalbetut’s field. As long as you don’t expect anything besides strawberry picking, most chances that you will enjoy this experience.

We enjoyed this experience, it’s both educational and teaches kids to eat more fruits (a problem that many parents have).

 

For additional similar places check out agrotourism category.

That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!

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