High hopes for two new varieties
Gisborne’s Avogrey Orchard has made two applications (filed December 2015) for Plant Variety Rights for its Eclipse and GreyStar varieties:
Developed from a seedling of Sharwil and is probably a Sharwil/Reed cross. The fruit is Reed-like but more ovate, matures later than Reed (which finishes around April) and hangs on the tree exceptionally well, David Grey says. The eating quality is superb and the fruit is very resistant to ripening disorders.
The flagship of the Avogrey Green-Skin Super Series, David Grey says the GreyStar is a “vastly superior” fruit that is larger, has a smaller stone, and offers superior flavour to anything else on the market. “It ripens evenly, always cuts perfectly, isn’t stringy and maintains its fresh colour,” he says. Also developed on Sharwil rootstock, the GreyStar has Sharwil’s rich, nutty flavour and creamy texture with the added advantage of producing fruit more reliably each season. The young GreyStar is a precocious cropper and its fruit matures on the tree December to June.