Haganta is one of six varieties being tested as part of an ongoing HDC trial managed by the Farm Advisory Services Team (FAST) at Brogdale Farm in Kent.
Growers were invited to taste the varieties at an open day last week, when the late variety - which crops at the same time as Marjorie's Seedling and was picked on the day of the trial - was one of the most popular varieties. It also has potential to be stored for up to six weeks.
FAST managing director Tim Biddlecombe told Grower that the French variety Meritare was also showing potential.
He said: "It harvests at the same time as Opal and has a similar taste and appearance to Victoria. So people will be familiar with it, but it crops two or three weeks earlier."