Rijk Zwaan moves into courgettes with three "reliable" varieties

Dutch breeder Rijk Zwaan has launched its first three commercial courgette varieties for growers following extensive research.

Image: Rijk Zwaan
Image: Rijk Zwaan

Having conducted a wide-ranging analysis into the market's wants and needs, Rijk Zwaan says it is keen to offer solutions for the entire chain, from growers through to consumers.

Its first three entries into the market are all of the conventional cylindrical dark green type. Calawinter RZ is suitable for indoor winter production, while Calabonita RZ, with intermediate resistance to powdery mildew, can be grown indoors and outdoors from spring to early autumn. Calagreen RZ will complement Calabonita with higher vigour in protected growing.

Rijk Zwaan says it will extend its portfolio for open field next year, with white and yellow varieties to follow with a view to mixed packs.

Its priority with all such varieties is reliability, it adds, with high yield and natural resistances against diseases and pests combined with ease of harvesting and sustained skin finish post-harvest.

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