Raspberry trials yield UK hopefuls

The Quebec-bred raspberry Jeanne d'Orleans has niche UK market potential, according to ADAS horticultural consultant Janet Allen.

"It has a complex flavour and is on the dark side," she told attendees at the Soft Fruit Day. "It's soft yet has good shelf life."

Allen is overseeing a trial of summer-fruiting varieties. She also described the experimental 0485K-1, bred in Scotland by the James Hutton Institute, as "very promising as a naturally early variety for UK production".

In terms of yield though, Cowichan - also Canadian-bred - was the real star, Allen said, describing it as "a very good workhorse with regular berry shape".


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