Cornell strikes gold with two new raspberries

05/30/2012 02:58:00 PM
The Grower Staff

Double GoldCourtesy Cornell UniversityDouble Gold is one of two new raspberry varieties recently released by Cornell University.Cornell University has released two new raspberry varieties—Double Gold and Crimson Night.

Both varieties provide intense flavor and a different apperance than the typical red raspberry, according to a news release.

And both are from a breeding program led by Courtney Weber, small fruits breeder and associate horticulture professor.

Double Gold produces deeply blushed, golden champagne-colored fruit with a distinct conical shape.

The double in its name refers to the two crops per season that it bears.

In taste tests, Double Gold has been a winner.

It also produces vigorous plants that are resistant Phytophthora root rot as well as most common leaf disease.

Because of its delicate nature, the fruit doesn't travel long distances well and is better suited to u-pick growers, farm stands and farmers markets.

Crimson Night produces a large fall crop of dark, shiny almost-purple fruit.

The berries are medium-large with excellent flavor but considered too dark in color for wholesale markets.

Both varieties have been licensed to North American Plants LLC, a propagator that sells to nurseries and growers. The varieties will be patented later this year.

Plants should be available in spring 2013.

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