Avanti is noted for its very low chill requirement, very early fruit maturation, and adaptation to production regions in central and south-central Florida. Plants produce sweet, firm, high-quality fruit with a small, dry picking scar.
Cultivar name: Avanti (selection code FL06-203)
Recommended for Florida: yes
FL region best adapted to: central and south-central Florida
Production system: evergreen
Hydrogen cyanamide: not recommended
Machine Harvestability: No data yet. Its firm berries should allow it.
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
North-central FL (2018-2020): 2.5 – 7.0 lbs/plant, average 4.1 lbs/plant
Central FL (2013-2014): 2.8 – 4.6 lbs/plant, average 3.7 lbs/plant
South FL (2020): average 5.3 lbs/plant (reported by grower)
Known disease susceptibility: algal stem blotch
Known insect damage susceptibility: susceptible to southern red mite damage
Fruit quality data:
Fruit firmness: 178 – 275 g/mm, average 224 g/mm, higher than Emerald, similar to Farthing
Berry Weight: 1.6 – 2.6 grams, average 2.2 grams, similar to Emerald
Berry Diameter: 16.2 – 19.7 mm, average 17.2 mm, similar to Kestrel
Brix: average 9.5 – 13.8, average 12.0, higher than Emerald, similar to Kestrel
Brix/Acid Ratio: 15.8 – 89.1, average 45.9, higher than Emerald, similar to Optimus
Fruit scar: normal (small and dry), similar to Emerald
Fruit defects: none observed
Flavor Score: 22.3 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Arcadia, Endura, Optimus, Sentinel
Other information: Produces well under evergreen management system, fruit size can sometimes be smaller late in the season.
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Performance 2018-2019 Season
Fruit Quality and Yield
The following plots show the most important fruit quality traits and yield, across the season.
The vertical lines in the yield plots indicate when 10%, 50% and 90% of the harvest was achieved during the season.
Dotted lines indicate the desired values for new cultivars:
Berry weight greater than 2g
Fruit Diameter greater than 14mm
Firmness higher than 150g/mm
Brix higher than 10%
TTA less than 1%
Brix/TTA higher than 14 units
Warning: Yield plot coming from harvesting of two bushes. Values may seem overestimated as all the fruit from the bush is harvested, and because this is harvest yield and no packed yield. Use this data to compare among cultivars and no to predict potential yield on your farm.
Measurements are in grams (g). To convert from grams to pounds (lb) use the following formula:
lb of fruit per bush = (g of fruit) x (0.002204)
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