Sweetcrisp

U.S. Patent PP20,027
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

Sweetcrisp is a vigorous bush with berries that are unusually firm, crisp, and sweet. Mid-late season.

 

Cultivar name: Sweetcrisp

Recommended for Florida: no, too late for the Florida market window, requires more chilling than is available in Florida for maximum production.

FL region best adapted to: none

Production system: deciduous

Hydrogen cyanamide: performs well with or without hydrogen cyanamide

Machine Harvestability: Possible

Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):

       o North-central FL (2018-2020): 4.9 – 6.9 lbs/plant, average 5.9 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date

Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

Fruit quality data:

       o Fruit firmness: 258 - 297 g/mm, average 276 g/mm, much higher than Emerald

       o Berry Weight: 2.1 – 2.4 grams, average 2.2 grams, similar to Emerald

       o Berry Diameter: 16.7 – 17.4 mm, average 17.2 mm, smaller than Emerald

       o Brix: 12.9 – 14.5, average 13.8, much higher than Emerald

       o Brix/Acid Ratio: 26.0 – 53.6, average 40.1, higher than Emerald

       o Fruit scar: normal (small and dry), similar to Emerald

       o Wax/bloom: high

       o Fruit defects: none observed

       o Flavor Score: 28.1 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.2)

       o Aroma: none

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Emerald, Farthing, Jewel

Other information: Berries are medium to large, medium dark, with an excellent scar and remarkable firmness. Medium to low yields have limited commercial production.

 

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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)

Sweetcrisp_Citra FL_2019
Sweetcrisp_Citra FL_2018
 
License Availability

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

 http://www.ffsp.net/​​