First fruits of Kent raspberry breeding programme unveiled

NIAB EMR's Rubus Breeding Consortium has revealed its first two new raspberry varieties, which is says offer consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life.


Malling Bella is a vigorous, mid-season primocane fruiter, with large, easy-to-pick berries that give heavy yields, and is suitable for double cropping and long-cane production, showing good adaptation to UK and southern European climates.

Malling Charm is an early primocane variety, with moderate vigour and short-to medium-height canes. It also has large, easy-to-pick berries and is a good potential premium variety due to its sweetness and juiciness.

Both will be officially launched at the National Fruit Show in Kent on 26 October, although they are already available from the Consortium members WB Chambers and Onubafruit.

The consortium was formed in 2015 between NIAB EMR and the Swiss nursery company Lubera, and more recently joined by WB Chambers, Onubafruit and Perfection Fresh.

NIAB EMR’s plant breeder Felicidad Fernández said: "These two new primocane fruiting cultivars are already receiving positive feedback from UK retailers and will be grown commercially in the UK from 2018."

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