The main difference between local and California strawberries is that in BC our berries are picked fresh. When strawberries are picked in California they are picked unripe to give them a longer shelf life. This allows them to travel 2,000 km to a grocery store in BC; the berries ripen on the drive up and are then ready to eat by the time we buy them. BC grown strawberries do not need to travel long distances to reach consumers so they are picked at the peak of ripeness. Because of this BC grown strawberries taste better, are healthier, and full of anti-oxidants.
There are also varietal difference between strawberries grown in BC and California; different varieties can attest for some flavour differences as well as the ripeness at picking. June bearing varieties that are grown in BC are Puget Reliance, Totem, Reinier, and Stolo. Whereas the June bearing variety grown in California is Camarosa. In BC we grow two types of day neutrals, Albion and Diamonte. In California they grow only one type of day neutral, Albion.