Oregon Strawberry Varieties

Oregon Strawberry History

Totem

  • Industry standard for processing
  • Large fruit, fully red internal and external color.
  • High soluble solids, excellent titratable acidity, excellent flesh integrity when processed.
  • Moderate yield
  • Harvest season: typically June 5 - June 24.
  • From cross of Puget Beauty x Northwest.
Hood
  • The standard for fresh flavor!
  • Industry standard for processing and local fresh
  • Excellent fruit quality for processing but difficult to grow.
  • One of the few cultivars known by name in the local fresh market
  • Medium to large fruit with excellent external and internal color.
  • High soluble solids and high acidity, low drip loss.
  • Excellent in ice cream.
  • Harvest season: Early ripening, typically June 1 - June 20.
  • From cross of OSC 2315 x Puget Beauty.

Tillamook

  • Industry standard for processing
  • Excellent for fresh and processed uses
  • High yields
  • Very large fruit
  • Very good quality.
  • Excellent yield and fruit size in 2nd harvest
  • Open plant, with visible large fruit that are efficient to pick!
  • Harvest season: typically June 5 - June 24.
  • From cross of Cuesta x Puget Reliance
Puget Crimson
  • Excellent late season cultivar for the fresh market
  • Very late season
  • Excellent flavor
  • Good yield
  • Early fruit can be very large, later fruit is  medium sized
  • Harvest season: late, typically June 15- July 1
  • USPP22781; From cross of Puget Summer x Valley Red
Puget Reliance
  • Mostly grown for fresh sale at farmers and road side markets
  • High yields of large fruit.
  • Healthy plant reliably produces a very nice crop
  • Very good internal and external color, high soluble solids and good acidity.
  • Harvest season: typically June 3 to June 22.
  • USPP9310; From cross of BC 77-2-72 x WSU 1945.
Puget Summer
  • ‘Nanaimo’ x ORUS 1076-124
  • Very late season, similar to ‘Firecracker’ and ‘Independence’
  • Excellent fresh flavor
  • Excellent processing characteristics, but may ripen too late for many processors.
  • High yields
  • Early fruit can be very large, average size is medium
  • Fruit is held up off of ground, reducing incidence of fruit rot without fungicides
  • Susceptible to powdery mildew in years when this disease is severe
  • Patented as ‘Schwartze’, USPP 12,067 August 28, 2001

Charm

  • Excellent newer cultivar for fresh and processed markets
  • High yielding
  • Very good frozen quality; excellent in ice cream formulations
  • Popular for fresh, farmers market sales
  • Long lived plants
  • Harvest season: late, typically June 5-24
  • USPP25300; From cross of BC 93-14-31 x WA 94023-1

Sweet Sunrise

  • Excellent newer cultivar for fresh and processed markets
  • Early ripening
  • High yields
  • Very good frozen quality; excellent in ice cream formulations
  • Popular for fresh, farmers market sales Harvest season: late, typically May 28-June 18
  • USPP25233; From cross of Puget Reliance x B 754

Marys Peak

  • New cultivar for fresh and processed markets
  • Late midseason ripening
  • High yields
  • Efficient to pick as plants are upright and open and fruit are large
  • Tested well as frozen berry for ice cream formulations
  • Popular for fresh, farmers market sales
  • Harvest season: late, typically June 12- July 3
  • USPP applied for

Albion

  • Standard day-neutral/everbearing cultivar
  • Excellent for fresh market sales
  • High yields
  • Good flavor and excellent firmness
  • Popular for fresh, farmers market sales Harvest season: late, typically June 12- July 3
  • USPP16228; From cross of Diamante x Cal 94.16-1

Rainier

  • Midseason fresh market berry, primarily for sale at farmers and road side markets
  • Large fruit, fully red internal and external color.
  • Excellent flavor
  • Moderate yield
  • Harvest season similar or slightly later than Totem
  • From cross of WSU 685 x Columbia.

Redcrest

  • From a cross of Linn & Totem.
  • The highest quality fruit for processing but can be difficult to grow.
  • Large, conic fruit, outstanding external and internal color, high soluble solids and high acidity, low drip loss. Late ripening - fresh season is typically June 15 - July 7.

Firecracker

  • ORUS 850-48 x Totem
  • Very late; 7 days later than ‘Redcrest’
  • Excellent yields
  • Outstanding for processing or local fresh market
  • Consistently ranked very high by panels for flavor
  • Very attractive fruitSusceptible to powdery mildew in years when this disease is severe
Pinnacle
  • Laguna x ORUS 1267-250
  • Probably fresh market but can process
  • High yielding in 1998 and 1999 plantings and very good yields in Ore. and Wash.
  • Yield can drop 2nd year but still comparable to ‘Totem’
  • Very large fruit 1st year and large the 2nd
  • Low rot
  • V. good flavor fresh acceptable processing
  • Internal color borderline
  • Very good firmness
  • Very low drip loss
  • Open plant + Large fruit=Efficient pick
  Thanks to Chad Finn and Pat Moore for providing background information and photos.

 

   
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