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THE STRAWBERRY WHISPERER

Source: Strawberries are an exotic and seasonal luxury in Cuba.

Ernesto Alpízar, the Johnny Appleseed of Cuban strawberries ( left), and Gonzalo Hernandez Sanchez on Sanchez’s farm.

rnesto Alpízar didn’t taste a strawberry until after the revolution, when he was 34 and living in Eastern Europe. As a kid in the 1930s, he recalls seeing the fruit from afar in Bauta, the rural village outside Havana where he grew up. A farmer there cultivated them exclusively for wealthy Cubans and expats. Like Coca-Cola and cars, the first strawberries

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