Cornell releases new high-yielding strawberry

01/12/2012 03:27:00 PM
By The Grower Staff

Herriot strawberryCornell UniversityThe new Herriot variety has a strong disease-resistance package.

Breeders at Cornell University have released a tough yet tasty new strawberry variety called Herriot.

Plants have high yields, high vigor and disease resistance while producing eye-appealing fruit, according to a news release.

"Many of our trials are in the worst possible soil conditions, and Herriot is always one of the last varieties standing," breeder Courtney Weber, an associate horticulture professor, said in the release.

The fruit can run up to 25 grams, or half an ounce, but they tend to average about 11 grams.

They have a pleasant, sweet taste reminiscent of some historic varieties, yet with a slight pineapple overtone.

The heart-shaped fruit are shiny and sport a bright green calyx.

In trials in the Northeast, Herriot out-yielded Jewel, the most commonly grown mid-season variety, by up to 60 percent.

Herriot shows good resistance to common leaf diseases and holds up well to summer renovation stress.

The plants are available from the licensed nurseries Krohne Plant Farms and Daisy Farms.

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