All You Need to Know About Strawberries Served at Wimbledon Championships

Published 06/21/2021, 10:20 AM EDT


Wimbledon Championships is the third annual Grand Slam tournament in tennis that commences near the end of June in London. And since it’s summer in the region at the time, the oldest tennis event has enjoyed a traditional history with the summer’s delight, strawberries.

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But what type of strawberries do fans in Wimbledon eat and where are these tasteful berries brought in from?

LONDON, LONDON – JUNE 28: An aerial view a roofless Centre Court and the outside courts taken from the BBC elevated camera position during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2007, in London, England. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AELTC/Pool/Getty Images)

The world’s premier tennis competition shares a close relationship with Hugh Lowe Farms in Maidstone, Kent. In 2019, the fans present at the Championships approximately consumed 27 tons of strawberries!

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So naturally, there must be a thing or two about the Kentian strawberries that make them Wimbledon-approved.

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What types of strawberries does Wimbledon serve?

The company grows the Malling Cenetary species of strawberries in their several designated hectares of farm, especially for Wimbledon. Huge Lowe Farms hire around several hundred pickers every season, 40 odd picks for the grass Major.

Considerably, according to Marion Regan, the owner of Huge Lowe Farms, they have been farming strawberries and raspberries since the Victorian days. She even confirmed that she is always excited and looks forward to the two weeks every year.

According to legend, King George V brought the tradition of eating strawberries during tennis matches in the United Kingdom. However, most believe that since they both concur during the summers, the pair inevitably matched.

Notably, the pickers began their work at 5:30 am to ensure that strawberries do not get warm. These are Grade 1 strawberries, which later are weighed, inspected, and delivered in the Wimbledon purple punnet the same day.

In 2020, the Wimbledon Championships did not take their strawberries order as due to the ongoing pandemic, the tournament could not be played. Consequently, the company turned the strawberries into jam.

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What are the famous consumables at Wimbledon Championships, besides strawberries?

Most significantly, fans enjoy the luscious and tender Kentian strawberries with cream at Wimbledon. It’s a tradition so deeply rooted now that without them, the experience of witnessing the only Major on the grass-court surface might seem incomplete.

Also, Wimbledon popularly serves Pimm’s, an English brand of gin-based fruit cup. They even serve sandwiches, bath buns, scones, pastries, doughnuts, and a lot more.

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No doubt, the Championships sets a different tone than all other tennis competitions.

What is your favorite thing about Wimbledon?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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