Sakata celebrates milestone with new varieties

05/08/2013 04:33:00 PM
David Mitchell

Rally has “wide adaptability for the Southeastern U.S., particularly for main season through late spring production slots,” the company said on its website.

Troy said that although yield, uniformity and disease resistance are all important, a variety has to have more than that going for it.

“More and more it’s about taste,” she said. “People want a tomato that tastes like a tomato, but it still has to be able to store, ship and have shelf life.”

Rally, she said, offers great taste and quality in addition to disease resistance and uniformity.


What other features does a new variety need to make it to market?

Well, if it’s a pumpkin, it’s going to need a good handle.

“One of the most important things is a sturdy handle, so that when kids pick it up it doesn’t break off,” Troy said.

Jack Sprat is the company’s new pie-class pumpkin. The 3- to 3½-pound pumpkin has excellent yield potential, is tolerant to powdery mildew and has a beautiful orange color, Troy said.

And a good handle.

“It’s getting very good grower acceptance,” she said.

The company’s other new offerings include Vulture beet, Snowbowl cauliflower, Alaniz Gold melon, Touchdown bell pepper, Riverside spinach, Seaside spinach, Primavera squash and Peppermint Swiss chard.

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