"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".