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Cornell Chronicle: Double Gold and Crimson Night are new raspberries -
May 4, 2012
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"With its two newest raspberry releases, Big Red is going gold and crimson. Double Gold and Crimson Night offer small-scale growers and home gardeners showy, flavorful raspberries on vigorous, disease-resistant plants. "Both varieties have attracted a lot of interest from small-scale growers because they are looking for varieties with intense flavor and a different look from the supermarket varieties," said Courtney Weber, Cornell small fruits breeder and associate professor of horticulture. "If consumers get a taste of these, they will buy them." Double Gold produces a deeply blushed, golden champagne-colored fruit with a distinctive conical shape, earning the "double" in its name for its two harvests per season. The first year of planting, the initial crop is produced in the fall on the tips of that year's canes, and a second crop is produced farther down the same canes the following summer. According to Weber, none of the golden raspberries already on the market combine excellent flavor, peachy blush color, a conical shape and the ability to bear two crops per season. "I have been told by sellers at farmers markets that having several colors on your display is a good way to draw in customers and distinguish you from other sellers," said Weber. "I'm hoping Double Gold will fit that niche." In Weber's taste tests, Double Gold has been a favorite. The release is targeted to u-pick growers, farm stands and home gardeners because the fruit is too delicate for long-distance shipping. Although the fruit is tender, the plants that bear them are tough. "Over eight years of testing, it has been consistently vigorous and disease-resistant," said Weber. "Specifically, we have observed it to be resistant to Phytophthora root rot as well as most of the common leaf diseases." Crimson Night caught Weber's eye among thousands of raspberry selections in summer 2003 for its heavy fall crop and dark, shiny fruit. Grown in a commercial high tunnel system that offers protection from...
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