High hopes for two new va­ri­eties

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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.

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