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U.S. Patent PP26,312
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

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

  • Wax/bloom: high

  • Fruit defects: none observed 

  • Flavor Score: 22.3 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)

  • Aroma: none 

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.

License availability: For a list of current nursery licensees in the USA, click here


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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Avanti Gallery
License Availability

For licensing availability contact Florida Foundation Seed Producers (FFSP):​​

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