United kingdom-based berry and asparagus specialist, Global Plant Genetics, is launching the new blackberry variety Columbia Star. Bred at Oregon State University, the cultivar is an early season, floricane type, noted for its exceptional flavour. Global Plant Genetics is exclusively responsible for licensing the variety in all worldwide territories other than North America.
“We are really excited to be bringing Columbia Star to market. There is a great drive within the berry industry to develop better tasting blackberries and this is the best I have ever eaten,” said Jamie Petchell, company director. “This flavour profile is due to the fact that it has a unique combination of high sugars and low acids. We are now discussing trials and commercial arrangements with a select number of businesses, globally.”
The first plants of Columbia Star are expected to be planted in spring 2018 to crop in 2019. In addition to its noteworthy flavour, the variety produces high yields of firm berries that are suitable for hand and machine harvest.