Ben Starav

General Info: Chilling requirement is rated as low/medium, giving this variety good adaptability across a range of environments. Budbreak is generally around the same time as Ben Hope.

Parentage: [(Ben Alder x ([SCRI E29/1 x (SCRI 93/20 x SCRI 100/7)] x [SCRI ND21/12 x SCRI 155/9]).

Cropping Season & Yield

Harvest is usually at least 7 days after Ben Hope. Yields of over 11t/ha have been achieved in trials.

Fruit Quality

Some high Brix levels achieved, moderate vitamin C but good anthocyanin content. Berries have good hangability, and are usually around 1g.

Growth habit

Strong growth with upright habit.

Pest and Disease Resistance

Resistant to mildew and generally to leafspot. Susceptible to gall mite and reversion, although cropping is only slowly affected.