Strawberries are popular and rewarding plants to grow in the domestic environment, be it for consumption or exhibition purposes, almost anywhere in the world. The best time to plant is in late summer or spring. Plant in full sun or dappled shade, and in somewhat sandy soil. The addition of manure and a balanced fertilizer aids strong growth. Alternatively they can be planted in pots or special planters using compost. Fibre mats placed under each plant will protect fruits from touching the ground, and will act as a weed barrier.
Few studies have directly examined the effects of eating strawberries on human health. However, limited research indicates that strawberry consumption may be associated with a decreased cardiovascular disease risk and that phytochemicals present in strawberries have anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties in laboratory studies. Epidemiological studies have associated strawberry consumption with lower rates of hypertension, inflammation, cancer, and death from cardiovascular diseases. Certain studies have suggested that strawberry consumption may have beneficial effects in humans such as lowering blood LDL cholesterollevels, total cholesterol, reducing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and decreasing the spike in blood sugar after high sugar meals and the spike in blood cholesterol seen after high-fat meals
Strawberries have begun to take their place in the fruit market all over Albania. They come directly from the lands of Albanian farms. Thanks to their natural quality, Albanian strawberries are the best-selling fruit in the European markets as well. Lushnja, Fier, Divjaka farms are the top producing places. Fresh strawberries' production in Albania started only a few years ago. Strawberries are highly demanded in Kosovo and Serbia. Foreigners keep an eye on Albania in terms of the strawberry market. Plants are a wise investment in Albania since they have a three month production, unlike some other countries where production lasts only 15 days. Strawberries are hand harvested and placed in boxes. The first harvests are in limited quantities, they start from November 25, but the maximum output is from the 15th of March to the 15th of May. But the harvest continues until the end of June. The main market is local, mainly Tirana, but it is exported abroad, in Kosovo and in the region.